Go-Geo now available

Page last modified on 13 January 2015, at 03:24 PM (initially posted on 15 July 2008)

Go-Geo is an online resource discovery tool which allows identification and retrieval of metadata records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data which exist within UK tertiary education and beyond.

Users also have the ability to search for other related resources, such as books, photographs, projects and maps, for their geographic area of interest. The portal also offers a variety of geographic information resource channels, providing comprehensive up-to-date information on news, major data providers, online resources, software, standards, geoterminology, GI organisations, learning & research, training courses, conferences & events and books.


WAYFless URL: http://edina.ac.uk/Login/gogeo?idp=xxx
(where xxx is the entity ID of your organisation's IdP)

Please note that WAYFless URLs cannot be guaranteed to remain unchanged over time.


1. The only attribute that an identity provider must release for its users to be able to access many services that are licensed for use by everyone at a particular organisation is eduPersonScopedAffiliation. This is a scoped attribute, which might, for example, have the value "member" in scope "uni.ac.uk", often written as:


It is used for the basic authorisation decision: does uni.ac.uk subscribe to the service in question? If so, the user is allowed access. The service provider will maintain its own list of which organisations (scopes) can access its service. For allowed organisations, the federation's Technical Recommendations for Participants indicate that, in HE/FE, users with scoped affiliation values from the set {member, student, staff, faculty, employee} are typically authorised to access content licensed on the basis of the JISC Model Licence, while {affiliate, alum} are not.

While a Shibboleth identity provider can generate eduPersonScopedAffiliation statically by setting the required value in attribute-resolver.xml, this should only be done when it is known that all users are authorised. Otherwise, the value can be picked up from your LDAP / Active Directory as described on the IdP setup page.

Users of other IdP software should check their documentation.

2. Many services can make use of the eduPersonTargetedID attribute. This is a persistent opaque identifier, which enables service personalisation (remembering data about a user over different login sessions) without the service provider knowing who the user is. If the identity provider supplies the eduPersonTargetedID attribute, the session is treated similarly to an Athens personal account. Otherwise, the service's personalisation features (e.g., saved searches) may be disabled, though the service will still function in the same way as with Athens shared accounts. With some services (e.g., Zetoc Alert) this attribute is mandatory. If so, it is marked as "Required/Yes" in the table in Attribute Usage.

For a Shibboleth IdP, generation of eduPersonTargetedID in attribute-resolver.xml is described on the IdP setup page.

Release of eduPersonTargetedID by attribute-filter.xml is described further down the same page.

Users of other IdP software should check their documentation.