To access the web interface of the EGI Configuration Database (GOCDB), users can either:
- Use EGI Check-in with an institutional account, or
- Use an X.509 digital certificate installed in the internet browser, or the local machine’s certificate store.
Users can access the system as soon as they are authenticated. However, they will only be able to update information based on their roles, and only once they will have registered a new user account.
More information about roles and associated permission is available in the Users and roles section of the documentation.
Applications requesting a specific role have to be validated by parent roles or administrators. Once granted, users can access and/or modify relevant information, according to the roles granted to them.
Using institutional account via EGI Check-in
In order to be able to access the Configuration Database with their institutional account, users need to:
- Have their Identity Provider (IdP) federated in EGI Check-in (via eduGAIN or directly).
- Have created an EGI Check-in account.
In the case the user cannot use an IdP compliant with REFEDS R&S and REFEDS Sirtfi, the user will have to request joining a specific group, by performing the steps below. Using a compliant IdP is the preferable solution.
- User should ask to join the GOCDB user group.
- The access request will be managed by the EGI Operations team.
Using an X.509 digital certificate
To access the Configuration Database using a digital certificate, first obtain a certificate from one of the recognised EU-Grid-PMA Certification Authorities (CAs), then install it in your browser of choice (or import it into the certificate store of your local machine, on Windows).
X.509 certificates do not support single or double quotes in the certificate’s Distinguished Name (DN). The DN below is rejected because of the single quote:
This is in accordance with RFC1778, which also disallows single quotes in all Relative Distinguished Name (RDN) components, and the OGF Certificate Authority Working Group (CAOPS) who strongly discourage any type of quote in a certificate DN as specified by their Grid Certificate Profile document.
Registering a new user account
Being authenticated in one of the two ways described above is enough to have read-only access to all the public features of the EGI Configuration Database. If you need to edit data in and request roles, you will need to fill in the registration form.
- Go to the EGI Configuration Database web portal
- In the left sidebar, look out for the User status panel
- click on the “Register” link
- fill in the form and validate