Authentication FAQ

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Do I need an account to share data with iDigBio?

No, you do not need an account to share specimen data with iDigBio. To begin the process of sharing specimen-related data with iDigBio, contact

Do I need to register?

Registering with provides you with access to three iDigBio systems.

  1. is a Drupal CMS (Content Management System) that gives you access to post to forums, upload documents and submit forms, depending on your role.
  2. is a MediaWiki system to which anyone can contribute and share issues, experiences, and ideas.
  3. is our specimen portal which currently collects dataset registration information.

Does this mean I have to log in multiple times?

No, iDigBio has single sign-on capability which means that once you are logged in, you can access all systems. Behind the scenes, the authentication service provides your browser with an OpenID that it uses to log into all systems. You never have to know your assigned OpenID. Once logged in, you can manage your account information by going to:

Does this give me an OpenID and can I use it on other sites?

Yes, you do have an OpenID, however the service is currently only guaranteed to work for authentication between iDigBio systems. You can attemp to use your private OpenID with external openID. Your OpenID here:{your_login}

How do I get an account?

Go to to register with Once your account is created you will be sent an email to activate it. The login name that you chose will be all you need to access all our systems (Drupal, Wiki and Portal).

How do I view my account info?

Once logged in, you can manage your account information by going to:

How do I change my account configuration?

Each system has its own account management interface to configure specific features. For example, for the Wiki, access 'Preferences' on the left top bar below the iDigBio navbar to set Wiki-specific features.

How do I reset my password?

Go to

I already have another OpenID from some other system, can I use it to log in to

No, while our internal authentication service is based on a limited OpenID service our relying party clients are not open to external registration. This allows us to keep better control over spam registration.