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1 EPrints 3 Technical Overview EPrints 3 Briefing 8 th December 2006, London

2 Overview Getting EPrints 3 up and running Installation Upgrading Configuring deposit process workflow autocompletion Plugging in functionality import, export, screen, input component New XML Format Improved indexer Web service interface

3 Installation Download from releases section of Platform requirements Unix (Red Hat Linux recommended) Core software requirements apache 2, mod_perl, perl, mysql Expertise requirements basic webmaster skills some Unix experience confident editing text and XML configuration files

4 Installation: Run epadmin Tool Walks you through creating an EPrints 3 repository core configuration hostname, repository name database configuration creates database creates EPrints 3 tables in database creates an initial user account username, user type, password creates repository Web pages Open repository homepage in browser & log in

5 Upgrading EPrints 3 is a very significant upgrade You will need to migrate your EP2 configuration to EP3 But dont worry, there is a tool to help you migrate install EP3 on same server as your EP2 repository run migration tool creates copy of your database and configuration converts them to EP3 run EP2 and EP3 in parallel make sure all the changes you made to your EP2 repository are reapplied to your EP3 repository switch to EP3 as your production repository Vanilla repositories will migrate with little or no intervention More advanced repository configurations will need some manual inspection

6 Running an EPrints Repository Keep operating system patched Keep EPrints and plugins up to date Regularly back up repository data and configuration

7 Getting Help with Installation/Migration Step by step instructions Technical mailing list EPrints Services Build and host Assess and manage migration process

8 Configuring Deposit Process Workflow flexibility Autocompletion options

9 Workflow Flexibility EP3 workflows should feel familiar defined using XML divided into stages (pages) More flexible group related fields together file upload can appear at any stage in workflow fields or groups can be collapsed by default text can be inserted into the workflow e.g. additional instructions, notices

10 Workflow Flexibility: Flow Control EP3 also supports conditional workflow eg. workflow variations for different types of eprint different sorts of users different kinds of journals different publication stages eg. if unpublished dont need volume, number pages

11 Workflow Flexibility: Example A department within your institution wants to use its own classification scheme in addition to your default scheme Add new scheme to workflow with conditional check which department the depositor comes from if the department matches maths then include the additional classification scheme in the workflow

12 Workflow Flexibility: Example XML

13 Autocompletion EPrints 3 autocompletes author names journal title also fills in publisher and ISSN ISSN also fills in journal title and publisher conference title also fills in location and date Where are these being looked up? existing eprints in the repository the more populated your repository, the more suggestions users will see

14 Autocompletion: Custom Lookups Provide a text file (authority list) a list of names, titles,... additional display information eg. ROMEO authority list list of journal titles publisher policy also displayed community will share at Write a custom lookup script to query external resource/service eg. staff database eg. Library of Congress name authority service

15 Autocompletion: Workflow Autocompletion can be combined with workflow conditionals eg. if user is from School of Medicine, look up grant name (and id) in MRC database eg. if user is from Computer Science department look up authors in ACM authority list

16 Autocompletion: How Lookup Works Lookup script is passed the characters that the depositor has typed Must return matching results as HTML list items J Smith (author of 6 items in this repository) Smith J

17 Plugging In Functionality EPrints 3 functionality can be extended with plugins import and export get data in and out of the repository interface screens add new tools and reports to UI input components add new ways for users to enter data Key design goals Easy to build minimal coding Easy to share drop in and go distribute independently of EPrints

18 Plugins: Writing an Export Plugin Register name will appear on search results page what it can handle lists of records or single records (or both) type of record (eprint, user, subject...) who can use it Define 2 core functions how EPrints record maps to export record field mapping how to serialise export record into export format

19 Plugins: Import Plugins Reading input can be harder than writing output detect and handle errors in input But there are many existing libraries available for parsing a wide variety of file formats

20 Plugins: Writing an Import Plugin 1. Register name what it can handle who can use it 2. Define 2 core functions (export backwards) deserialise import record from import format map import record to eprints record

21 Plugins: Screen Plugins Drop new tools, actions and reports into the EPrints UI

22 Plugins: Writing Screen Plugins Register where it appears in UI who can use it Define functionality for example...

23 Plugins: Writing Screen Plugins (2) New tool available to users eg. RAE utilities User tools list

24 Plugins: Writing Screen Plugins (2) Eprint actions list for depositors (there is also an actions list for editors) New action to be invoked on an eprint eg. scan documents for viruses

25 Plugins: Writing Screen Plugins (3) Eprint tabs list (each tab is a single screen plugin) New report about an eprint eg. show download statistics

26 Plugins: Input Component Plugins Drop custom input controls into the deposit workflow eg. pick latitude and longitude coordinates from a map eg. draw a molecule in an applet

27 Plugins: Writing Input Component Plugins Define 2 core functions how to render input control(s) how to update the record based on what the user entered Optionally define how to check the user input is valid

28 EPrints 3 XML Format New XML format for import and export Much more succinct than EP2 format Embedded documents document metadata alongside eprint metadata files themselves can be included inline base64 encoded export your whole repository as 1 single XML file All record types can be imported/exported in this format eprints, users, subjects, history, access log...

29 EPrints 3 Indexer EP2 indexer used the Forth bridge model index everything then start again EP3 introduces index queue on-demand indexing much less resource intensive! queues individual metadata fields or files to be indexed rather than entire records whenever a record changes, the values that got changed are added to the queue Deposits are indexed sooner

30 EPrints 3 Web Service Deposit, retrieve, search and remove records remotely Currently not part of EPrints 3 core development team working on security model ensure actions only carried out by authorised users testing with various platforms available on request

31 Contributing to EPrints 3 for the latest plugins authority lists and autocomplete lookup scripts subject trees translations themes (skins) other tools, utilities

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