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Getting a CILogon Certificate

Why would you want to do this?

CILogon provides a free, year long certificate that you can load into your browser and use for accessing the DUNE DocDb.

When accessing DocDB using a certificate, you will be able to access ALL the documents you have permissions to access with NO username/password entry required.

If you are going to need to sign documents, as part of the document approval process, you will need to use this mechanism for DocDB access.


Instructions for getting a CILogon Certificate and importing the certificate into your browser

Generating or Renewing a certificate

  • Point your browser at https://cilogon.org
  • Look through the list of supported Identity Providers
  • If your institution is in that list
    • Select it and click the 'Log On' button.  
    • Continue with the instructions in 'Generating and Downloading your certificate'
  • If your institution is not on that list, and you have accounts at Fermilab, 
    • Select 'Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory' and click the 'Log On' button. 
    • Enter your Services username and password and click the Login button
    • Continue with the instructions in 'Generating and Downloading your certificate'
  • if you do not have accounts at Fermi and your institution is not in the list and you are a part of DUNE
    • you will need to obtain accounts at Fermi before proceeding with the instructions on this page.
    • you can go here to find instructions on getting accounts.

Generating and Downloading your certificate

  • Enter a Password to protect your to be generated certificate
  • Click “Get New Certificate”
  • Click the 'Click Here To Download Your Certificate' button
  • Save it to your computer. Make a note of where you save it. You will need to upload this file to your browser.

Loading the certificate into your browser

  • On a MAC using Safari
    • Click on the certificate that has been downloaded (check the downloads folder)
    • This will add it to your keychain for use with Safari
  • On a MAC using Firefox
    • Open Firefox preferences on the Firefox Menu Bar
    • Select the 'Advanced' icon at the top and the 'Certificates' tab
    • Click the 'View Certificates' button
    • Click the 'Your Certificates' tab
    • Click 'Import' at the bottom and follow the instructions to import your certificate
  • On a Windows Machine with IE
    • Double click on the saved certificate file
    • Select 'Next' on the wizard
    • Select 'Next' on the wizard (again)
    • Enter the password you entered for the certificate
    • Keep the default options
    • Select 'Next' on the wizard (again)
    • Keep the default options
    • Select 'Next' on the wizard (once again)
    • Select 'Finish' on the wizard
  • On a Windows Machine with Firefox
    • Select the 'Options' menu
    • Select 'Advanced' icon at the top and the 'Encryption' tab
    • Click the 'View Certificates' button
    • Select the 'Your Certificates' tab
    • Click 'Import' at the bottom and follow the instructions to import your certificate

Applying for Access to DUNE DocDB using this certificate

  • If you are just renewing a certificate that has not already expired, you will not need to reregister with docdb.
  • Go to http://docs.dunescience.org
  • Click 'apply for access'
    • ​This step may take up to a day to complete after applying for access as it needs manual approval.

Accessing DUNE DocDB once you have certificate access 

  • Go to http://docs.dunescience.org
  • choose the ‘Certificate Version of DUNE DocDB’ as the link to follow
  • if prompted by the  browser to choose a certificate to use, choose the same one you applied for access with