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Site Access Policy

Scotland on Screen (SoS) Access and Use

How can I access the Scotland on Screen website resource?

You can access the website as a public user, where you are not logged in, or as a private user where you are logged in.

What content can public users and private users access?

Public users – not logged in, you can access all content but you will not be able to download any of our film clips.

Private users – logged in, you can browse, search, view or download clips for creative reuse. Please also see our Terms of Use for guidance on using the films.

I notice on the home page there are 3 login options. Why is this and which of the 3 login options would I choose?

Scotland on Screen caters for different target users according to their educational context. The different login options are tailored accordingly...

Option 1 is for users of Glow, the national educational intranet for Scottish school teachers and pupils. If you are a member of Glow, then you should always use this login option. Note that you will be taken to the Glow login page where you enter your Glow credentials. At this point, you are authenticated and are directed back to Scotland on Screen as a logged in user.

The Glow login option is located inside the 'Login' tab found at the top of each page, underneath the Scotland on Screen logo, search and navigation menu. If on the homepage, the login tab is above the featured items near the top of the page.

Option 2 is for Shibboleth users in the UK. If you belong to a UK education institute, nearly always a Further Education College or University, then it is likely your institution will be a member of the UK Access Management Federation – staff belonging to such institutions should login as Shibboleth users, the login method adopted by the UK Access Management Federation. Note that you will be taken to your institution’s login page where you enter your institution credentials. At this point, you get authenticated and are directed back to Scotland on Screen as a logged in user.

The Shibboleth login option is also positioned inside the 'Login' tab found at the top of each page, underneath the Scotland on Screen logo, search and navigation menu. If on the homepage, the login tab is above the featured items near the top of the page.

Option 3 is for individual users – those users who have neither a Glow login or a Shibboleth login but do have a login for Scotland on Screen as an individual.

I don’t have any login, but would like one in order to gain additional access to the film clips. How do I get a login?

If you do not have any login, you should do so by completing our online Request Login Form and submitting it. Your request will then be vetted according to our Site Access Policy (below) and an e-mail notification will be sent to you when your account has been approved or denied.

If your request meets our criteria, your login credentials will be sent to you. The type of login is Option 3 above.

Site Access Policy

Scotland on Screen has two modes of access – public, where a user is not logged in, and private where a user is logged in.

1) Public Access

Any user can browse, search and view any of our film clips but will not be able to download any film clip.

2) Private Access

Educational users, typically teachers, students and other lead practitioners can also download higher resolution clips for creative reuse such as for the creation of moving image essays, documentaries, art films, music and other cross-curricular projects.

By using or logging into the site you agree to our Terms of Use.

3) About Login

Whether you are a Glow User, Shibboleth User or have a Scotland on Screen account with a username and password, all login options are also positioned inside the 'Login' tab found at the top of each page, underneath the Scotland on Screen logo, search and navigation menu. If on the homepage, the login tab is above the featured items near the top of the page.

If you don't have a login to Scotland on Screen, you can apply for access by completing and submitting our Request Login Form. All applications will be vetted according to this policy. In respect of private access, the following are important:

4) Applications for private access

Users with private access can download film clips whereas users with public access cannot do so, although of course public access users can browse, search and view any clip.

If you don't have a login to Scotland on Screen, you can apply for access by completing and submitting our Request Login Form

All applications for private access are vetted by the Scotland on Screen team according to a set of criteria.

5) Criteria for approving private access requests

The applicant must work in an educational context within the UK. This list of educational user groups is typical:

  • School teachers
  • University or college lecturers
  • Freelance educators
  • Educators working in establishments outside Local Education Authorities, Schools, Universities (for example, film theatres,…)
  • Freelance filmmakers working in education
  • Lifelong learning institutions/providers

Users working in the above contexts must be involved with the delivery of learning, for example, classroom teaching, delivering workshops, working with community groups or learning providers or working to deliver educational resources.

6) Criteria for rejecting private access requests

Applicants not working in educational contexts in the UK will not be granted private access. Access denial applies to the following types of users:

  • Anyone wanting to use the site for commercial purposes.
  • Users who use the site for their own personal research.
  • Historians who use the site for their own interest or provide a genealogical service to others for commercial or personal gain.
  • Filmmakers who use the site for commercial or personal gain.
  • Students who do not have a valid university or colleage or school email address.
  • Institutions or persons from overseas - under our Terms of Use, copyright will not apply outside of the UK.
  • Bodies or groups that can widely be regarded as dubious, for example, cults or other extremist groups.

The above list is not an exhaustive one. Scotland on Screen will always vet applicants on a case-by-case basis.

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