Most scientific institutions offer their members a Shibboleth login within the DFN-AAI-Federation. CrossAsia offers its registered users the opportunity to link this user ID with their CrossAsia username, allowing them to access resources available via their home institution and those via CrossAsia with only one login.
In order to use this service, you need to link your existing CrossAsia account with the user ID of your home institution. How this is done is described below in section "How to link my CrossAsia account with the user ID of my home institution". If you are not yet registered with CrossAsia, you can trigger the linking directly with your registration. For the latter, please see the instructions on the Registration page.
For your information: The password of your home institution’s user ID will never be transmitted to CrossAsia.
In case your home institution offers Shibboleth login and you would like to link your user ID with your existing CrossAsia account, please proceed as follows:
After you have successfully linked your CrossAsia account with the user ID of your home institution, login to CrossAsia works as follows:
After the login you are automatically redirected to the CrossAsia portal with the status logged in. The menu bar shows your user name.
No, you do not have to. The login procedure slightly changed in this case as well and will be briefly described in the next section. However, please keep in mind that if you do not link your home institutions’ Shibboleth login with your CrossAsia account, you can no longer be logged in to your home institution and CrossAsia in the same browser at the same time. Only one Shibboleth login can only be active in a browser window. Other logins, without Shibboleth, are not affected.
If your home institution does not offer a Shibboleth login (or you do not want to link your accounts), you can of course continue using CrossAsia. However, the login procedure slightly changed as well:
In order to successfully link your accounts, your home institution needs to transmit the following attribute in the DFN-AAI-Federation eduPersonUniqueID to the service providers with the following IDs crossasia.org/shibboleth-sp und erf.sbb.spk-berlin.de/shibboleth-sp. Please provide this information to the person responsible for user accounts at your home institution if you receive a corresponding error message when trying to link your CrossAsia account with the user ID of your home institution. You are welcome to provide the following e-mail address as contact for technical queries: erf-admin(at)sbb.spk-berlin.de.