Life Science Login
An authentication service from EOSC-Life
While the majority of life science services are openly accessible to anyone across the world, many of them require researchers to sign in using a username and password. Sensitive data and licensed resources of course require strong security for access. In these cases, research services have implemented local access management solutions and issued their own usernames and passwords. As a consequence, researchers quickly became overloaded with having to remember numerous login credentials.
The Life Science Login enables researchers to use their home organisation credentials or community or commercial identities (e.g. ORCID, LinkedIn) to sign in and access data and services they need. It also allows service providers (both in academia and industry) to control and manage access rights of their users and create different access levels for research groups or international projects. For example, two different researchers in the same university may be working on different European or national research projects and may need access to completely different data or compute resources. Life Science Login ensures that they can access the right resources, using their university credentials, while making sure they can’t see each others’ data.
LS Login allows users to access multiple Life Science services through a common Life Science login.
Benefits of Life Science Login for researchers and service providers
The benefits of Life Science Login go well beyond the convenience of not having to remember a new username and password combination. It offers:
- Reduced bureaucracy and costs - reusing existing institutional identities means service providers don’t have to create and manage accounts for all their users. Life Science Login helps service providers meet legal obligations in privacy and data protection legislation (GDPR), and are able to respond swiftly to security incidents.
- Improved verification – researchers’ identities are usually personally verified by their home organisations with face-to-face checking of photo IDs or government documents. As such they provide reliable information on the researcher’s affiliation and greater confidence to the service and data providers. It would be lengthy and expensive for the life science community to manage this face-to-face vetting in the context of a distributed infrastructure.
- Regular updates – As researchers join or leave institutions their affiliation information is maintained regularly. When a user change affiliation (be it research group, department, EU project or university) the access rights coupled with this affiliation are automatically updated. This increases security of access and confidence that only authorised researchers have access to critical data.
Life Science Login is open to all service providers in industry and academia.
LS Login and Register Buttons
The LS Log-in / LS Register button intends to be a graphical element that the Life Science users became gradually familiar with. The Life Science users learn to associate the logo with the login/registration using the Life Science login. When they see the logo they know what they are expected to do.
The login button should be used as the login button to the service. When users click on the LS LOGIN, the service should be configured to trigger a login at the Life Science Identity Provider proxy.
The register button can be used to initiate the registration of an LS ID for users who don't have one. It is not mandatory to have the button (the LS LOGIN will automatically initiate the registration process if it learns a new user is trying to log in), but having separate login and register buttons has become a common practice on the Internet.
Download the buttons
LS Login, png, 450x100 px, size 8KB
LS Register, png, 450x100 px, size 9KB
Both the small and medium buttons can be scaled down to minimum of 100 and 200 px respectively. They shouldn't be scaled up.
Alternate format for browsers that cannot display images:alt="[LS Login]"
Acceptable Usage Policy and Conditions of Use
for users authenticating themselves using Life Science Login