e-Science Grid certificate registration

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IT Services Service Desk is the RA (Registration Authority) for certificates issued by the UK Grid Support Centre for the University of Oxford users and other users supported by the University of Oxford as a Regional Centre (Oxford_OeSC).

The following steps are involved

Contact the CA (Certificate Authority) to submit a Certificate Request. The CA will record your request and notify you and your RA (Oxford_OeSC - contact is the Central IT Service Desk). If you make a mistake, re-submit the request correctly, then when you see the RA ask to have the first request deleted and the correct one approved.

Applicants need to visit an RA Operator in person or an online video call.  Please contact the Central IT Service Desk to make an appointment as there is no drop-in service.  Personal identification is a requirement of the CA. Photo-ID must be brought with you. For Oxford University subscribers, the required Photo-ID is a current University Card, which will be checked against electronic records to verify its validity.

IT Services will retain a paper or electronic record of the Photo-ID, together with the Request Serial Number, and CN (Common Name) for the request as per CA rules.

The RA Operators are available by appointment only. Please contact the Service Desk to arrange a meeting.  If you are a member of the Department of Physics, you also have the option to have your certificate approved by your local IT team.

The RA Operator will approve your certificate request as soon as possible after your visit (for security, approval can only be done on dedicated machines in the staff-only area of IT Services).

The CA will then sign the certificate, normally within 24 hours. When this is done, you will receive email notification and instructions on obtaining the signed copy of the certificate.

Please read and follow the advice provided by the CA on renewing your Certificate and taking care of your Certificate.

See the Oxford e-Research Centre for general information about e-Science at Oxford, including how to register your certificate for use with specific projects.

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