We have also been chasing Westlaw at Warwick. Here is Sophie Barber's response:
"With regards Shibboleth, we have just put forward a business request to
get this work done.  As we are moving onto a new platform this summer,
the work will not be a priority and I have thefore been advised that we
will endeavour to be compliant by the end of 2006, although I cannot
confirm this at the moment.  As soon I have a firm date I will notify
all our customers."

This was just a couple of days ago, so it still sounds like end of 2006 to me.

Kieran Shaw
University of Warwick

Nicole Harris wrote:
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I am forwarding your message to the shibboleth discussion list where some of
the people who have already implemented the gateway procedures are more
likely to be lurking!  

I'm surprised to hear that more resources are AthensDA compliant than
gateway compliant as I thought the same non-compliancy issues would affect
both systems...would be interested to find out more!  

Community pressure on Westlaw *is* starting to make an impact, and they are
starting to talk about implementing shibboleth at a much earlier date than
previously suggested.  They are likely to go straight for
shibboleth-compliance rather than gateway compliance though...but this
should make very little difference for a shibbolised institution in the long

Hope this helps


-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion list for Athens Administrators
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jonathan Hooper
Sent: 26 January 2006 10:27
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Subject: [ATHENS] Shibboleth-Athens Gateway and Athens DA

We are currently looking at the Shibboleth-Athens Gateway in the hope of
going live in September 2006.

1. Please could I ask other sites who have done/are planning this: 
 - How do/will you manage ongoing Classic Athens accounts? - e.g.
do/will you still bulk upload? 
 - How do/will you get the cookie set in your users' browsers? e.g. two
possible approaches are MMU's who have a prominent link on the Library
home page, and Durham's who use the links in the catalogue to set cookie
then redirect to resource

2. It looks as if more resources are Athens DA compliant than are
Shib-Athens compliant - a particular problem for us is Westlaw. Have any
sites taken the decision to use Athens DA rather than Shib-Athens for
this reason?

3. Would anyone from other sites be prepared to discuss their
experiences more generally with us? If so, please could they get back to
me off-list?



Jonathan Hooper
Leeds University Library
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Kieran Shaw
IT Services (E-Lab, Westwood)
University of Warwick
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