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Using Globus Auth to Streamline the Creation, Integration, and Use of Research Services

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Globus Auth is a foundational identity and access management platform service designed to address unique needs of the science and engineering community. It serves to broker authentication and authorization interactions between end-users, identity providers, resource servers (services), and clients (including web, mobile, and desktop applications, and other services). Globus Auth thus makes it easy, for example, for a researcher to authenticate with one credential, connect to a specific remote storage resource with another identity, and share data with colleagues based on their global identity. By eliminating friction associated with the frequent need for multiple accounts, identities, credentials, and groups when using distributed cyberinfrastructure, Globus Auth streamlines the creation, integration, and use of advanced research services. Here we introduce Globus Auth by describing how it can be used by a real research service, the Research Data Archive of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, to enhance both delivered capabilities and user experience.
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