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Testing OpenAthens Wayfinder

So that Wayfinder can be freely used by anyone whether or not they use OpenAthens, it has been designed to reference the metadata of multiple federations. If you are in a federation and your entity has a relevant <idpdisc:DiscoveryResponse> tag, then the all the visible IdPs of that federation will be included in search results. 

All SP software

Your entity will need to be published in at least one federation and include a discovery response binding. See: Enabling OpenAthens Wayfinder

OpenAthens Keystone

You will also need to select the relevant federation(s) in the identity provider section of your connection. If you have added any additional identity providers they will be included.

The OpenAthens federation will not be enabled until your application is published

Hidden entities

There are various reasons why an IdP entity might be hidden from Wayfinder using the hide-from-discovery entity category such as:

  • IdP is not yet ready to go live / migrate
  • IdP is one of our own test / experimental ones
  • IdP represents the Service Provider (you wouldn't want to mix up Oxford University Press and Oxford University)

In such those cases there are times when you (but not everyone) would need to see them. For those situations we have a javascript boomarklet you can use:

  1. If you don't already have the bookmarklet in your shortcuts bar, get it from

  2. Go to a page on the wayfinder domain and click the bookmarklet.  You'll get a message that tells you it's been turned on (or off). It can only be turned on or off on the wayfinder domain, e.g. during a referral. If Wayfinder is  embedded in your application you'll need to go to a wayfinder page first. The bookmarklet page is a good one to bookmark for that.
  3. Hidden orgs will now be visible in Wayfinder to you in that browser and indicated by an eye icon.     

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