What is Shibboleth?

Shibboleth is a procedure for distributed authentication and authorisation for web applications and web services.

With the help of Shibboleth, you have the option of using web services from other providers with your university login without the provider finding out your user name or password. The examination of you login is always carried out here at the university. 

How does Shibboleth work?

  • You call the desired electronic resource (database, eNewspaper, eBook, etc.)
  • With some providers you will be directed to a login screen. In other cases you must first choose your country from a menu (for Germany, the "DFN-AAI") and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer
  • Then you can register the corresponding password with your university ID.
  • The Shibboleth login of the university then jumps back to the side of the service provider and you can now use the service.

What does the Shibboleth Login at the University look like?

Shibboleth-Login der Hochschule Emden/Leer

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The Shibboleth login of the university is always called up by the service provider. In the example opposite, the Shibboleth login is called up by the RWTH-Aachen, who offer the  service Gigamove. With "Log in to:" it is always shown with which service the login is registered.

Below the "Login" button you can find more information texts from the Computer Centre.

How do I log out?

When you close the internet browser you are automatically logged off the Shibboleth session. An active logout, i.e. a logout button is not available. Shibboleth services should not be used in public places such as an internet café. Key-Loggers could be installed there, your user name and your password could be copied. If you are using a public PC, you should delete the private data (cookies, browsing history etc.) at the end of your session.

What services can I use with the Shibboleth? (Examples)

Service Short Description
Gigamove a web platform for easy data exchange
DFN-Webkonferenz only for the staff of the university: web conferencing via Adobe Connect
Video2Brain Tutorials on various products

On the library pages you will find a variety of other services that you cn use via Shibboleth.