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Keychain Manager

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Access to the Gemini Observing Databases (ODBs) is controlled by requesting authenication keys for each instance of the OT that you use. Once an OT has a key it does not need to be entered again unless the key is deleted or reset or the OT is updated. Keys are managed with the Keychain Manager that is accessed from the "Manage Keys..." button OT on the welcome screen and the Open Program dialog or by selecting Edit...Manage Keys... in the Science Program Editor.


Keychain Manager


Click the Add button (Add) to request a new key. This brings up the request dialog.


User key request


First, select the database (site) that you want to access. Then, select the key type.

User Keys

The recommended key type is the User Key. This is based on an email address and provides access to all programs that include that address. Select "User Key" from the Key Type menu and then enter your email address in the Email box. If this is your first time requesting a key or you need to reset your key, then click the "Reset Password" button. An email with the password will be sent to the email address.

Once you've received your password, copy/paste it into the Password box and click the "Request" button. If there is an error, then a popup with information will appear, otherwise the key will be entered into the key list. If you don't want the new key to be the current active key (see below), then uncheck the box labeled "Make this the current active key" before clicking "Request."

If your email address changes or you need to add a collaborator's email, then please submit a HelpDesk ticket and your contact scientist will update the PI/PC email contact field in your program. 

Program Keys

It is also possible to request a program key that gives access to one program. This is similar to using the program password in the 2013B and earlier OTs, and the old program passwords are valid for requesting program keys. To request a program key, first select "Program Key" from the Key Type menu, enter the program id and the password sent to you in the program notification email, and click the "Request" button.


Requesting a program key


Note that the program key passwords are still required in order to access and download your data from the Gemini Science Archive.

Visitor Keys

A visitor key will be provided to each classical or priority visitor observer. This will give these users the ability to queue and execute their program.

NGO and Staff Keys

NGO and staff key types are used by NGO and Gemini staff and give the access needed for program checking and observing.

Managing Keys

You may request as many keys as are needed. All keys will be listed in the Keychain Manager.


Multiple keys


Only one key can be active at a time. The active key is displayed with a bold font. Also, the active key and site are shown in the window title bar in the Science Program Editor and the Open Program dialog. You make a key active by double-clicking on the row for the key in the Keys table.

To delete a key, select (single click) on the row for the key and then  press the button with the Remove button (Remove).

Keychain Options

The Options tab of the Keychain Manager allows you to set a keychain password and reset the keychain.


Keychain options tab


Set Password allows you to set a password that must be entered in order to use keys and every time that you launch the OT. When the keychain is locked the active key is disabled and the OT will not be able to communicate with the ODBs.

Remove Password will remove the keychain lock password.

Reset Keychain will delete all the keys in the keychain.

Once a keychain password has been set, a password dialog will appear when the OT is first started requesting the keychain password (below left). The "Advanced" options (below right) allow changing the keychain password or resetting the keychain. Resetting the keychain will remove the password and all keys.


Keychain locked Keychain locked advanced options


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