another question! - are there any suggested ways for getting LDAP authentication working for refbase? this would really be quite neat, and save a lot of difficulties in user administration within the institution.
Nothing quick-and-easy-and-good yet. We've wanted to add other authentication schemes & outside developers have rolled their own authentication for refbase, including IP authentication & UW's Pubcookie. See: http://www.refbase.net/index.php/Customizing_user_authentication_\(Pubcookie)
But there is no direct LDAP support yet.
An ugly work-around if you don't need to maintain separate user accounts would be to use LDAP authentication in your webserver & change the rights for the non-logged-in user.
Real LDAP support would certainly be possible, but we don't know when it would land in the codebase. Outside contributions would certainly be welcome!
See also http://sourceforge.net/forum/message.php?msg_id=5394955