If you use MyAthens, you may find that the names and descriptions of the resources do not quite suit the content you get or that the landing page might be better. Each organisation and sub-organisation can view and edit these via the resource catalogue.
Path to function: Catalogue > Any tab > Click on resource title
As well as details about the resource such as the complete title and description (which may have been truncated on the catalogue card), you can see details on the source of the resource - e.g. the International OpenAthens federation, a local federation or the managed proxy service - and the provider of the resource.
Clicking on the owner's name will perform a search for all related resources in the catalogue and a blue resource type link will similarly filter the catalogue on type.
The access URL where present is a generic landing page initially specified by the vendor. It's used in places such as MyAthens and resource feeds.
For any resource including custom resources you have created (but not custom resources created by others) you can customise the resource name and description... and even things such as the logo and the access URL. Selecting the hidden from users checkbox makes the resource invisible in MyAthens.
To undo any changes you have made there is a revert button available next to the save button. This can only restore the default settings for that resource rather than the previous settings.
The uneditable grey fields at the bottom of some resources displays link information used by the Redirector and as well as telling you the internet domains that are associated with that resource, will also show you the 'tokenised' link that will be used during access via the redirector. You may find this a useful reference if you need to create a WAYFLess URL for your catalogue, or change the landing page of the access URL that appears in MyAthens.
Field specific details
- Titles and descriptions are limited in length to 100 and 255 characters respectively.
- URLs must include the protocol (e.g.
and are limited to 512 characters in length.
- The information URL (where present) will be where the service provider suggests you find out more about their resource and is not usually presented to the end user.
- The access URL (where present) is the address that will allow an account holder to access the resource.
- Categories are not currently in use by the system but will be in the future
Anything to watch out for?
If you modify a resource then it will no longer automatically pick up modifications from further up the tree including updates to access URLs.
Modifying an access URL yourself has the potential to prevent access for your users if you make a mistake so should be done with care. You should always test that the link you want to enter here works from a location that is not covered by IP authentication before you save such an update. There is a test button by the Access URL field that may help.
These modifications are unique to the organisation. They are not shared with sub-organisations.