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When you make changes via the dashboard on a service that is already live, they will take the following times to become active:

  • Changes to your configuration such as names, descriptions, links and endpoints
    • The OpenAthens federation metadata refreshes four times per day so updates should take no more than 6 hours to go live. Confirm at http://fed.openathens.net/oafed/metadata
    • The resource catalogue used by identity providers in the OpenAthens federation refreshes three times per day so can take up to 8 hours to reflect the change - this includes:
      • Names, descriptions and logos
      • Redirector and access URLs
    • The redirector can take up to 16 hours to reflect a change depending on how the caches stack, but is usually under 8 hours.
  • For local applications, changes to additional identity providers (i.e. outside of any connected federation) should take no more than 6 hours to be updated in the metadata.
  • For other federations
    • you will need to inform those federations of any changes. They will advise how long it will be before they are live.
    • IdPs in other federations will usually recache their copy of the federation metadata daily - there may be a period where they are using your old metadata.
External applications

Once any changes appear in the metadata, they are picked up automatically by OpenAthens SP when the cache threshold expires. This is typically daily for federations and every six hours for additional identity providers. External applications are likely to behave in a similar way, but you should check the relevant documentation.

If you need something to be picked up sooner by OpenAthens SP you would need to:

  • Confirm the updates have been published in the relevant federation metadata.
  • Rename the metadata cache on your server to act as backup.
    • The filename will start with ata-md- and the file will contain the metadata address under 'Name' in the EntitiesDescriptior at the start of the metadata.
  •  Restart your webserver.

During development it is usually safe to skip the backup step and just delete the cache files (but not the folder itself).

External applications are likely to have a similar process in their documentation.

OpenAthens Keystone rules

Keystone picks up changes to rules within a few seconds

OpenAthens Wayfinder

Changes should usually take effect within 5 minutes (e.g. entity categories, federation membership)

First live publish

When you move from development to live status, the publish button triggers a manual approval process where our service desk will run some checks before confirming the publication. Once approved, the timings above will apply to any future changes.

The publish button only appears in relation to the OpenAthens federation.

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