Authentication and the Holy Grail

Authentication and the Holy Grail

16 Mar 2017, 11:30 - 12:30

The Faculty


This seminar is programmed by the Copyright Clearance Center.


Access to content – on any device, at any location – is a critical and growing need in today’s information age.  Publishers recognize that users expect simple, reliable and rapid access to content, as well as the highest possible level of data privacy.  Yet publishers also need to know who has authorized access to the content they provide to protect it from misuse.  Finding the right balance for these frequently conflicting information demands is a smoldering problem across the industry.  The solution may include both technology and increased collaboration.  Towards that end, the Universal Resource Access initiative is conducting pilot projects to develop solutions to provide access and security.  The panel will share insights on the challenges faced as well as hopes for finding the holy grail of ‘single sign-on’: reliable and unified authentication and access control for any authorized user across any device.  Participants include Andy Halliday, Identify Product Owner, Springer Nature; Helen Malone, Director, Information Resources, GlaxoSmithKline; and Eefke Smit, Director of Standards and Technology, International Association of STM Publishers.



  • Andy Halliday


    Identity Product Owner

    Springer Nature

    Andy Halliday is responsible for the development of authentication and access control services for Springer Nature. The aim is to provide new,...

  • Helen Malone


    Head of Global Information Resources


    Helen Malone is Head of Global Information Resources at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where she has had over 20 years’ experience evolving the way scientific...

  • Eefke Smit


    Director of Standards and Technology

    International Association of STM Publishers

    Eefke Smit is the Director of Standards and Technology of the International Association of STM Publishers (see and coordinates the...


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