Topology and Contacts Data
This is internal documentation intended for OSG Operations staff. It contains information about the data provided by https://topology.opensciencegrid.org.
The topology data for the service is in https://github.com/opensciencegrid/topology, in the
The contacts data is in https://bitbucket.org/opensciencegrid/contact/, in
Admins may request changes to data in the topology repo via either a GitHub pull request or a Freshdesk ticket. These changes can be to a project, a VO, or a resource. The registration document and topology README document should tell them how to do that.
The CI checks should catch most errors but you should still review the YAML changes. Certain things to check are:
Do contact names and IDs match what's in the contacts data? (See below for instructions on how to get that information.) If the person is not in the contacts data, you will need to add them before approving the PR.
Is the PR submitter authorized to make changes to that project/VO/resource? Can you match them to a person affiliated with that project/VO/site? (The contacts data now includes the GitHub usernames for some people. See below for instructions on how to get that information.)
Is their GitHub ID registered in the contact database and are they associated with the relevant resource, site, facility, or VO?
The OSG keeps contact data for administrators and maintainers of OSG resources and VOs for the purpose of distributing security, software, and adminstrative (e.g., OSG All-Hands dates) announcements. Additionally, OSG contacts have the following abilities:
- View other contacts' information (via HTML and XML) with a registered certificate
- Register resource downtimes for resources that they are listed as an administrative contact, if they have a registered GitHub ID
Contact data is kept as editable YAML in https://bitbucket.org/opensciencegrid/contact/, in
The YAML file contains sensitive information and is only visible to people with access to that repo.
Getting access to the contact repo
The contacts repo is hosted on BitBucket. You will need an Atlassian account for access to BitBucket. The account you use for OSG JIRA should work. Once you have an account, request access from Brian Lin, Mat Selmeci, or Derek Weitzel. You should then be able to go to https://bitbucket.org/opensciencegrid/contact/.
Using the contact repo
BitBucket is similar to GitHub except you don't make a fork of the contact repo, you just clone it to your local machine. This means that any pushes go directly to the main repo instead of your own fork.
Don't push to master. For any changes, always create your own branch, push your changes to that branch, then make a pull request. Have someone else review and merge your pull request.
All contact data is stored in
The contact info is keyed by a 40-character hexadecimal ID which was generated from their email address when they were first added.
An example entry is:
25357f62c7ab2ae11ddda1efd272bb5435dbfacb: # ^ this is their ID FullName: Example A. User Profile: This is an example user. GitHub: ExampleUser # ContactInformation data requires authorization to view ContactInformation: DNs: - ... IM: ... PrimaryEmail: [email protected] PrimaryPhone: ...
When making changes to the contact data, first see if a contact is already in the YAML file. Search the YAML file for their name. Be sure to try variations of their name if you don't find them -- someone may be listed as "Dave" or "David", or have a middle name or middle initial.
Follow the instructions below for adding or updating a contact, as appropriate.
Adding a new contact
Any new contacts need to have their association with the OSG verified by a known contact within the relevant VO, site, or project.
When registering a new contact, first obtain the required contact information.
After obtaining this information and verifying their association with the OSG, fill out the values in
template-contacts.yaml and add it to
To get the hash used as the ID, run
email-hash on their email address.
$ cd contact # this is your local clone of the "contact" repo $ bin/email-hash [email protected] 25357f62c7ab2ae11ddda1efd272bb5435dbfacb
Then your new entry will look like
25357f62c7ab2ae11ddda1efd272bb5435dbfacb: FullName: Example A. User ....
Profile fields in the main section,
PrimaryEmail field in the
ContactInformation section are required.
PrimaryEmail field in the
ContactInformation section should match the hash that you used for the ID.
In addition, if they will be making pull requests against the topology repo,
e.g. for updating site information, reporting downtime, or updating project or VO information,
obtain their GitHub username and put it in the
Editing a contact
Once you have found a contact in the YAML file, edit the attributes by hand.
If you want to add information that is not present for that contact, look at
template-contacts.yaml to find out what the attributes are called.
The ID of the contact never changes, even if the user's
If you change the contact's
FullName, you must make the same change to every place that the contact
is mentioned in the
Get the contact changes merged in first.