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HEAL-Link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link), in the framework of its activity to strengthen Open Access in Greece, explores systematically the ways and means for the transition to a new scientific publication landscape, which will be sustainable and beneficial to the public academic and research institutions. In this process, HEAL-Link participates in international initiatives, evaluates the developments and weighs them, taking into account the benefit for the Greek scientific community. HEAL-Link's Declaration on Open Access in Greece expresses its concerns about the inadequacy of the current scientific publication model and explicitly states the direct initiatives that it undertakes. The Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, through Minister Kostas Gavroglou, supports the "Declaration on Open Access in Greece". The Minister's assent to the text of the Declaration was expressed after a meeting with the Chairperson of HEAL-Link, Professor Theodora Ioannidou, on the 31st of May 2018, at the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

Declaration on Open Access in Greece
Διακήρυξη για την Ανοιχτή Πρόσβαση στην Ελλάδα

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Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure

AAI - Frequently asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Users

  • I cannot login / I forgot my password. Who should I contact?

    Please contact the helpdesk of your organisation.

    Consult the list of helpdesks.

  • What do I need to know about privacy and data protection in?

    All participating organisations (Federation Members and Partners) have signed a contract, the HEAL-Link Service Agreement or the HEAL-Link Federation Partner Agreement. By signing these agreements, they commit themselves to securely handle user data according to the data protection laws.

    Concerning the technology, security has also been implemented. Ξ¤he AAI Infrastructure is based on the Shibboleth software, which was designed with a tight security concept in mind. Shibboleth uses the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) and all exchanged user data is encrypted using secure SSL connections.

  • Which web resources can I access with my organisational account?

    Follow this url to see a list of the Web Resources that you can access through AAI Infrastructure and HEAL-Link Federation.

  • What do I have to do to get an AAI account?

    If your Home Organization is a member of HEAL-Link Federation, you are automatically registered as an AAI user. User name and password are the same as for your account at your Home Organization (Institutional Account).

  • How do I access full-text content through AAI on publishers' web sites?

    Please find below guides in order to access content via AAI to web sites of publishers / HEAL-Link Federation Partners:

    Elsevier

    • On (Sciencedirect & SCOPUS) select top right "Sign in" and "Sign in via your institution -> Other institution".
    • From the menu select: GRNET AAI Federation (Greece) and then your institution in order to be redirected to the corresponding authentication page.
    • After you enter information for the user account of your institution, you will automatically be redirected to the publisher's website with full-text access.

    Springer

    • On Springer's website select top right "Sign up / Log in" and "Log in via Shibboleth or Athens".
    • From the two lists select your institution from the one on the right ("Or, find your institution (via Shibboleth)")-or type the english name of your institution-in order to be redirected to the corresponding authentication page.
    • After you enter information for the user account of your institution, you will automatically be redirected to the publisher's website with full-text access.

    Emerald

    • On Emerald's website sselect top left from the "Login" window: "Athens/Institutional login".
    • From the list select: Greek Heal-Link Federation and then your institution to lead you to the corresponding authentication page in order to be redirected to the corresponding authentication page.
    • After you enter information for the user account of your institution, you will automatically be redirected to the publisher's website with full-text access.

    Project Muse

    • On Project Muse's website select top right "Login".
    • From the list select: "HEAL-Link Greece" and then your institution in order to be redirected to the corresponding authentication page.
    • After you enter information for the user account of your institution, you will automatically be redirected to the publisher's website with full-text access.

Technicians / Administrators

  • What is Shibboleth?

    Shibboleth is the open-source software used by AAI Infrastructure. More info

  • What happens when I access a protected Resource?

    When you try to access a protected resource, your web browser redirects you to your Home Organization, after you have chosen your Home Organization on the "Where Are You From" Server (WAYF). As soon as you have successfully logged in, you are redirected back to the protected resource. Please have in mind that, once you are successfully authenticated, you don't have to repeat the same process for other protected resources but you can access them directly, provided that your Home Organization has implemented a single sign-on system and that in the meantime you haven't closed your web browser.

  • Does AAI need to store cookies to the web browser?

    Yes, AAI needs to store cookies in your web browser's cookie store.

    Only with cookies it is possible to reliably save the state of a user's authentication.

  • For which AAI components are cookies required and how long are they stored?

    The AAI components will store the following cookies:

    • The login site of your Home Organization. This cookie stores a session ID that is needed in order to keep your authentication state. This cookie is required.
    • The web server hosting the protected resource you want to access. Thisookie stores a session ID and potentially the URL that you had requested before you have been redirected for authentication. This cookie is required.
    • The WAYF Service stores your most recently selected Home Organization and resource. This allows the WAYF service to pre-select this information the next time you return. This cookie is not mandatory but it enhances usability. The names of these cookies are _saml_idp and _saml_sp.

    All cookies are so-called session cookies, except the one from the WAYF Service which is a persistent cookie. The session cookies exist only for the current web browser session. As soon as you close your web browser, they will be deleted and you have to authenticate again when you try to access a protected resource.

    The WAYF cookies contain only the IDs of the most recently accessed Home Organizations and Resources. These IDs are unpersonal and generic. They don't contain any information about you and they only can be read by web pages operated within the heal-link.gr domain.