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How can I get an account to contribute to DataONE?

asked 2013-03-13 12:48:40 -0500

cobb gravatar image

updated 2013-05-01 13:49:24 -0500

I'd like to get an account that can be used to identify me as a participant and user in DataONE so that I can read & write documents to the DataONE collaboration area, contribute code to the DataONE code repository, or work with DataONE tracking tickets. How do I get such an account?

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This question could be clarified by more directly asking about how a user can get an account to access DataONE services. We don't refer to our users as 'members', to avoid confusion with our concept of Member Nodes. I suggest: "How can I get an account to contribute to DataONE?"

jones gravatar imagejones ( 2013-03-14 21:08:36 -0500 )edit

There are a couple of different ways to read this question. One is how to get to restricted data and contribute data. The other is how to get to DataONE-private documents and contribute content to things like ask.dataone.org.

bwilson gravatar imagebwilson ( 2013-04-30 14:07:11 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-03-14 21:16:21 -0500

DataONE supports user accounts that are part of the InCommon Federation, which allows you to use an account that you might already have through your University, organization, or research network. You can also use an account from Google or the ProtectNetwork if your university of organization doesn't participate in InCommon. To see if your University is participating, try to log into the DataONE Identity Portal and look for your institution in the list of supported organizations. If you don't find your organization, you can use a Google account, a Protect Network account, or ask for your organization to participate in InCommon and CILogon. For help on getting your organization listed, you can send an email to 'support@dataone.org' and we will try to help make the necessary connections (although the ultimate decision is in the hands of your organization).

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answered 2013-03-13 13:03:28 -0500

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DataONE provides services and tools for many data repositories, called member-nodes.

As a DataONE user, to search/query the combined holdings of DataONE member nodes, you can use your own identity from your home institution. DataONE uses a federated identity system (via InCommon and CILogin) to map your identity to its holdings.

To create an identity as part of the DataONE collaboration team, use the register link in the upper right hand corner of https://docs.dataone.org/.

The process of becoming a DataONE Member Node is answered in a separate question in this Knowledge base or http://www.dataone.org/become-member-node

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The collaboration team login is currently unrelated to the accounts used for accessing and contributing content in DataONE, so I think it could be confusing to mention it here. Best not to mention the docs.dataone.org site as its not relevant for most DataONE users.

jones gravatar imagejones ( 2013-03-14 21:47:19 -0500 )edit

There's been some evolution here, but I think it's important to distinguish between contributing data, which requires an InCommon account and an arrangement with a Member Node, versus contributing content which includes things like this site, the code repository, and the collaboration site.

bwilson gravatar imagebwilson ( 2013-05-01 13:53:05 -0500 )edit
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answered 2013-05-01 14:00:11 -0500

There are two different kinds of accounts used by DataONE: accounts used to access and contribute data and accounts used to access and contribute content to the DataONE project.

  • To access and contribute data, DataONE supports user accounts that are part of the InCommon Federation, which allows you to use an account that you might already have through your University, organization, or research network. You can also use an account from Google or the ProtectNetwork if your university of organization doesn't participate in InCommon. To see if your University is participating, try to log into the DataONE Identity Portal and look for your institution in the list of supported organizations. If you don't find your organization, you can use a Google account, a Protect Network account, or ask for your organization to participate in InCommon and CILogon. For help on getting your organization listed, you can send an email to 'support@dataone.org' and we will try to help make the necessary connections (although the ultimate decision is in the hands of your organization).

  • To contribute to the DataONE project using our internal collaboration site, our code repository, our ticket tracking system, or this forum site, you need a DataONE-internal account. To create an account as part of the DataONE collaboration team, use the register link in the upper right hand corner of https://docs.dataone.org/.

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