Most universities have a lot of people who don’t fall into simple categories such as “permanent staff” or “three year undergraduates”. These people are varied but include:
A common feature of these semi-detached users, or ‘The Others’ as they are sometimes called, is that they don’t go through the same demanding procedures of identity verification that are used for regular staff and students.
So you want to work with them, you want to provide them with some way of collaborating with other people in your institution, but you can’t put them through the mainstream systems which are based on first verifying the identity of the user. What do you do? That’s a problem that has perplexed universities for years and the available solutions are clunky and expensive. They generally have a terrible user experience and often require manual effort by university IT staff.
*Unity cuts through the problems. Here’s how it works:
The sign up process for the invitee is simplified by the work we have done to connect *Unity with the Single Sign On strategies used by institutions in universities and research.
We have established tenancies for about 20,000 institutions so far, and have enabled SSO at about half of these. This includes over 1,000 institutions in the US and over 500 in the UK so far, with more connecting all the time. For the vast majority of collaborators in universities and research, this means that the new account/username/ password chore, which is the single biggest barrier to cooperation with new collaborators, has been removed already.
So *Unity provides you with a simple user experience for both inviter and invitee that requires zero management and zero manual effort.