Access management variably called, access control, terms and conditions, licensing conditions and Digital Rights Management (DRM) refers to control of access to digital collections. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a system of solutions created or designed as a means to prevent unauthorized access, duplication and illegal distribution of copyrighted digital media. In online environment, the scope of DRM can be leveraged to control access to and usage of digital objects and to impose restrictions on their misuse.
Most publishers of online digital contents supports IP filtering and password authentication to their electronic resources. However, there are several other technologies and protocols that are in vogue for authenticating users to access and operate upon digital materials irrespective of their log-in location. Such technologies include Web proxies, Shibboleth, Referring URL, Kerberos, etc. The Centre would work on all access management technologies, especially using open source software, with an aim to help universities to adopt authentication technologies to facilitate access to e-resources to the off-campus community. The Centre would also work on other aspects of access management given the fact that Centre would be involved in the process of building digital repositories of electronic theses and dissertations, e-prints, preprints, manuscripts, etc.