A new partnership between IEEE and the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) has made it possible for students and faculty at Chinese universities to access the IEEE Xplore digital library from any computer with an Internet connection.
CERNET, the country’s first nationwide education and research computer network, was developed by Tsinghua University, in Beijing, as part of a government initiative to expand distance-learning programs at 38 universities throughout China.
Previously users could access the digital library only from the on-campus network. Now they can access it remotely by going through Shibboleth, an authentication and authorization program. To get started, users must visit the Shibboleth registration page, fill out their contact information, select their institution, and enter a user name and password provided by their institution. Once registered, they can simply log in with their name and password and access IEEE Xplore’s more than 3 million documents.