Signing In

Users can access Whole Tale to browse public tales without signing in. However, many of the core operations require users to have an account. Whole Tale allows users to sign in using existing credentials from from hundreds of research institutions and organizations as well as ORCID or Google accounts.


The Whole Tale system uses Globus Auth to allow users to login using their existing credentials. For more information about Globus, see their documentation.

  1. Go to and select the “Sign In” link to start the login process.

  1. Search for and select your institution or organization from the search box. If your organization does not appear in the list, you can use your Google account, ORCID account, or register for a Globus account. After selecting your organization, select the “Continue” button.

  1. You will be redirected to your organization’s login page. Enter your credentials.



Whole Tale user accounts are based on the email address obtained from the institutional login. Two different accounts (e.g., institution and ORCID) that have the same email address will have the same Whole Tale user.

Whole Tale uses authentication services provided by Globus. The first time you login, you may be prompted to grant Whole Tale access to information via Globus.


After logging in you will be redirected to the Whole Tale dashboard where you can explore existing and create new tales.


You can revoke this consent at any time via

Signing in with Google

You will be asked to “Sign in to continue to” - this is expected, as WholeTale uses Globus toolkits. If you are already signed into a Google account in your browser, you will be offered one or more accounts to choose from, if not, enter the preferred Google account to use.


Signing in with ORCID

You can also use your ORCID account. In this case, you will be redirected to the ORCID authentication screen. You should authenticate as you usually would to ORCID.


About Globus

Globus ( is a non-profit service of the University of Chicago for secure and reliable research data management. Globus software is commonly used to transfer data in research computing infrastructure. The use of Globus authentication services in Whole Tale enables us to access data on behalf of users via the Globus network.