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RE: Non-IP Based Institutional Subscriptions?
- To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: RE: Non-IP Based Institutional Subscriptions?
- From: "David L. Osterbur" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 16:55:08 EST
- Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sender: email@example.com
Harvard uses a proxy server that requires that all users sign in with their Harvard ID number and a PIN. That way only Harvard people can use the system. This has worked well for us and seems to be fine with most publishers. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Evan Owens Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 4:23 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Non-IP Based Institutional Subscriptions? What means have you worked out with publishers of online journals for granting your patrons access to materials when IP-based access is not workable? We have a number of institutional customers who subscribe to our online journals but who cannot provide us with IP addresses used exclusively by the subscribing institution. (E.g., a library whose internet connections are passed through a proxy server that also handles internet traffic for computers not part of the subscribing library or campus, or an institution whose IP addresses are randomly assigned from a pool owned by a commercial internet service provider.) When we tell these customers that we can't register their IP addresses, they ask for a username and password instead, but this seems to be very insecure and easily susceptible to abuse. Have you worked out any alternatives to IP-based or username-password-based access to online subscriptions that have worked well for you and the vendor? Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions. ===================================================== Evan Owens Information Technology Manager, The University of Chicago Press email@example.com 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-2954 (773) 753 3375 Fax: (773) 753 3383 =====================================================