OpenAthens welcomes BBC Monitoring to the fold

BBC Monitoring has joined the OpenAthens Federation, further expanding its single-sign-on options for universities and other international organisations that wish to access BBC Monitoring’s broadcast, press and media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide.

Joining the 2,000-strong OpenAthens Federation will enable BBC Monitoring to expand its commercial customer base worldwide.

Commercial customers currently include media organisations, foreign governments, NGOs, universities, embassies, security groups, news agencies, think tanks and international businesses.

Markus Ickstadt, director of business development at BBC Monitoring, explained: 'As part of our wider commercial strategy of licencing our services to both UK and international universities, OpenAthens means we can offer simple and authenticated access for customers who wish to enable single sign on for a large number of users.

'Adding OpenAthens offers another option for universities outside the UK to access BBC Monitoring’s subscription services.'

Mike Brooksbank, chief commercial officer at OpenAthens, added: 'We’re delighted to add BBC Monitoring to the list of high quality service providers who use OpenAthens for federated access management.'

BBC Monitoring is one of a growing number of organisations using the OpenAthens Federation to increase usage of its services and expand its customer base internationally.

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