OpenAthens LA support ended on 31 March 2020


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This is an overview of the administration console that you use to configure OpenAthens LA runtime servers.

Logging in and out

When you visit the main URL of the console, you will see the login prompt. This is where you login with your username and password. If you haven't added any additional users then this will be the default super-user account you set-up (username: admin) the first time you accessed the Administration Console. Upon logging in, the console will open on the Overview tab.

At any point you may logout of the console by clicking the Log out button in the top-right of the screen. This will return you to the login screen.
Data will be lost if you log off, exit the browser or click the browser's back or refresh buttons when there are unapplied changes or unadded forms.

Most settings are grouped within the tabs to the left of the page.

The main toolbar

The top-right of the screen contains a number of buttons that are always visible, whichever tab you are currently working on.

These are:

  • Publish: Publish the current working model.
  • Tools:
  • Help:
    • Index: This help.
    • About: About this software.
  • Current User: (The name of the currently logged-in administrator, e.g. admin)
    • Lock Session: Lock the session.
    • Change Password: The change password option is used to change the administrator password of the currently logged-in user.
    • User Management: Create additional users of the OpenAthens LA Administration Console.
  • Log out:

Adding/editing settings

Each tab in the interface is split into two views. The left-hand pane allows you to select the configuration item you are interested in, and the right-hand pane allows the selected configuration to be edited. Some tabs will have many more items in the left pane than others. Items can be added (and removed) via the plus and minus buttons:

New items are saved or cancelled by the buttons at the top of the form:

For existing items, these buttons become apply and reset:

Form errors

When errors are detected on a particular form field, they are highlighted in red. Hovering over the error icon will display more detail.

Overview tab

The Overview tab allows you to see a summary of the current working model, as well as a history of models that have been published and information about connected runtime servers.

Connecting to a Runtime

You can connect to a Runtime so that configurations will be transferred on publication.

This is done on the overview tab in the runtime connections section. See: connecting your runtime to your admin console


Once you have made changes in the administration console, you must publish them to the runtime to have them take effect.

Next step

Setting up categories