THE LIBRARY IS working with the suppliers of the Construction Information Service platform to restore off-campus access to the service. At present off-campus access is unavailable; although on-campus access has not been affected.
A further update will follow once off-campus access to the CIS platform is confirmed to be restored and working normally.
Following a detailed review by the Research Support and Learning and Teaching teams, a number of changes have been made to the list of resources made available through the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch (which will also be reflected, later today, in searches in the ‘All’ search tab of LOS). The changes are detailed below:
On-campus and off-campus authentication to the IHS database services has changed, and links in eSearch have been updated accordingly. On-campus access to The Construction Information Service, OHSIS (Occupational Health and Safety Information Service) and Trading Standards Specialist is now direct; and off-campus access is via university username and password. Athens authenticated access to these services is no longer available at present.
These arrangements have been agreed with IHS as an interim arrangement to enable access to these services while the company’s work to support the new Shibboleth framework is completed. Once IHS is Shibboleth-compliant, off-campus access will continue to be by university username and password; while on-campus access may also then require a university username and password (i.e. no longer be direct). eServices will provide updates on this as IHS concludes its work to support Shibboleth.
Access to the Construction Information Service database has been activated in eSearch. Access on-campus and off-campus is by Athens username and password. The resource is described as follows:
The Construction Information Service provides electronic access to an index of standards, regulatory and advisory documents for the UK construction industry plus their full-text images, either scanned facsimiles or in Adobe PDF format. The Service gives you both bibliographic data such as document titles and summaries and facsimile images of the original documents.
CIS has been added to the same eSearch sub-Categories as the withdrawn Barbour Construction service (in Architecture and Civil Engineering; Property, Construction and Surveying; and Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care). CIS is provided on the same IHS platform as the OHSIS and Trading Standards Specialist services.