Federated Access Management for repositories?

It can seem to go somewhat against the spirit of repositories, to be concerned with managing (ie controlling) access to them. Surely repositories are for sharing material? Well, yes, often. But there are reasons why repositories need to work with the developing access management federation in the UK, for example to enable depositors to benefit from single sign-on in their institutions. Some of these have been addressed by the Federated Access to Repositories project.

There are other scenarios, though, and we (well, actually Mark Hedges at the Centre for eResearch at King’s College) got together some repository and FAM experts and distilled these into a report with some proposed actions. JISC will be considering these actions; any feedback you might have would be welcome. The report’s here: