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Service Documentation - HIFIS Software

HIFIS Software operates services that are available to members of the Helmholtz Association and their guests. On these pages we would like to answer and document service-specific questions. This should be a useful addition to the general documentation of the services.


Currently, services marked with a green tick are available for use. Services that are definitely planned to be made available in the future will be added to the list with a grayed icon.


We document user-visible changes and improvements of the services on the Changelog page.

Reproducible Service Administration via Ansible

All services are transparently deployed via so-called public Ansible roles and Helmholtz internal accessible Ansible-managed deployment projects:

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for GitLab and Mattermost

It is highly recommended to use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in all offered HIFIS services that support 2FA and in particular for authentication (which is the technical term for logging in into a service) with GitLab and Mattermost. 2FA means that in addition to authenticating with your credentials (username and password) you use a further factor for proof-of-identity. The second factor can be provided by devices like 2FA-mobile-apps or USB-dongles. Please read the following section about how to set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in GitLab.

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The services are administered by:

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As of today all services presented in this documentation are operated entirely in the HZDR data center. They are administrated by colleagues from the HIFIS Software team at HZDR and UFZ.