Individual users or users associated with an insitutional membership can sign up for an account in any of our Commons.
When they use an institutional email to register (in other words, an email address that matches their institution’s domain), their login will automatically be connected to the membership and give them full access from off-site or off-campus locations.
To sign up, visit:
Policy Commons: https://policycommons.net/accounts/signup/
Mindscape Commons: https://mindscapecommons.net/login
Canada Commons: https://canadacommons.ca/accounts/signup/
To support TCP/IP address range authentication, we use the IP address ranges that are assigned to your institution at The IP Registry. If you should ever need to adjust these, simply edit your information at the registry and our system will automatically receive the update. If your institution wishes to use TCP/IP Address Range Authentication, and you are not currently listed in the IP Registry, you may add your address ranges to this registry for free.
To use the IP Registry, follow these simple steps:
Register for free with theIPregistry.org
Confirm the IPs currently listed for your institution and affiliated sites.
Communicate IP changes by adding or deleting IP addresses as necessary.
If you are newly adding your institution to the registry, let Coherent Digital know at email@example.com.
If you use EzProxy for remote user access, then there is a database stanza you can install on your EzProxy for each Commons from the OCLC EzProxy support site.
Mindscape Commons Database Stanza (* Mindscape Commons customers, see note below)
At Coherent Digital, we support both Federated Shibboleth Authentication as well as ‘Bi-lateral’ metadata exchange.
Bi-lateral metadata exchange is used when the customer is not a member of a federation or Coherent Digital is not a member of the same federation. For example this is how we support OpenAthens configuration. This approach is also suitable for other SAML-based single-sign-on solutions like Microsoft Azure AD.
Currently Coherent Digital is a registered Service Provider at the following federations:
See our entry at REFEDs metadata explorer for up-to-date details.
For Shibboleth Authentication, please provide the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Federated Shibboleth Configuration:
For Bi-lateral Metadata Exchange:
The URL of your Identity Provider metadata (or the metadata in XML format)
Coherent Digital’s Shibboleth Information:
Metadata URL: https://connect.liblynx.com/entity/sp/coherent
Required Attribute: EduPersonScopedAffiliation
Once the shibboleth configuration is complete, the following Service-Provider-initiated URLs can be used to log your users into a product without having to encounter a ‘Where-are-you-from’ page. These URLs are what you would use in your A-to-Z database menu for remote users:
Notes: Replace ‘your-entityID’ in the above URL with a URL-encoded version of your institution’s SAML Identity Provider entity ID. The target= parameter can contain any valid URL at the destination product. These examples put the user in the product home page.