CDS email message - CDS/26/03/09/b
Sent 26 Mar 2009
Changes to the CDS login system
Institutional login and changes to the CDS login system
Institutional login (UK Federation via Shibboleth) provides access to
many databases and restricted web sites using a single id and password,
managed by the home institute to which the user is affiliated.
This should result in greater convenience and improved security.
Many University users already have a suitable id for access to e.g.
Web of Knowledge, MIMAS, JISCmail etc.
We have initially introduced support for Institutional login for two
of the CDS databases - "Available Chemicals" and "Screening Compounds".
To use these two databases only, it is necessary to login BEFORE
accessing the usual start links in the "red box" menu item on all CDS
Two login links are available as follows :
1) CDS Login
Accepts the usual CDS id and password.
2) Institutional Login ('Shibboleth')
Allows you to navigate to your home university, login there with your
UK Federation/Shibboleth id, and if it is the first time logged in,
further CDS screens will allow you to map your existing CDS to the
new Shibboleth one. After this access to the "Available Chemicals"
and "Screening Compounds" databases will be unimpeded by further
Visitors who do not have a CDS id when first logged in, will be
redirected to the Express registration page. The login then needs to
be repeated with the new id / password.
When a new web browser session is started, the login must be repeated,
and it needs to be done at the start of each day.
For now, access to the other databases is unchanged i.e. a "CDS" login
popup box appears when the database start link is selected (unless the
id and password have been saved in the web browser).
From April 20th, the new "login first" scheme will be extended to all
of the CDS databases. To help prepare for this, please try to run
"Available Chemicals" and "Screening Compounds" with your normal
id/password or using an Institutional login if you have one.
NB Interactive login to CDS e.g. to run Conquest is not affected by
the new scheme, and will operate with the CDS id/password over ssh
Step by step help is available at
(in the "Registration" pull-down menu).
Please report any problems found to firstname.lastname@example.org
Return to message archive