C5.130: Reliability and useability testing summary for Platform version 2

This document gives a brief summary of the initial testing of the main EDIT Cyber-platform components. We provide a brief outline of test planning undertaken, testing software and testing methods adopted and an overview of the test results to date. Although this document is required as a project milestone readers should bear in mind that the testing is an on-going process and will not be complete until the platform development cycle as a whole is complete.

C5.118 Pilot implementation of a CDM Library functionality for the output of structured descriptive content

Taxon descriptions and other factual data are an essential component of taxonomic output. Up to now, the CDM programming library supports such data only in unstructured (textual) form. Structured descriptive data has to be integrated into the CDM and the library has to support its output. Creating an editor to input this type of data is not attempted within the EDIT project, largely because fully functional tools are available for this purpose. Instead, importing files following the international standard SDD (Structured Descriptive Data) format is made possible.

C5.109 : Map REST Services version 2: The EDIT Map Web Services for occurrence and distribution data with enhanced functionalit

The EDIT mapViewer is an online toolbox for taxonomists, offering data visualisation and analysis in preparation of their publications. There are two sides to this : an online tool (the mapViewer tool), a set of REST (stateless) webservices, that can be used to integrate (certain chosen parts of) the EDIT mapViewer tool into other webpages or online tools. In version 1 of the mapViewer tool (Mapbuilder implementation ), the mapViewer and geoREST services had separate coding and development cycles, demanding double work and difficult coordination.

C5.108 MapViewer version 2: The EDIT MapViewer with enhanced functionality available.

The EDIT mapViewer is an online toolbox for taxonomists, offering data visualisation and analysis for the preparation of their publications. Its first implementation was through the Mapbuilder Ajax framework for building web mapping clients inside a browser, with limited funtionality. In the meantime, the tool has been ported to the OpenLayers framework, as Mapbuilder is not longer supported and developed. In addition, many new functions have been developed and implemented for a true “version 2” release.

C5.097 First report on integration of software developments in partner institutions

The EDIT platform for Cybertaxonomy is a suite of loosely coupled tools that already exist or are newly developed. The development of new tools and the development of adapters for the integration of existing tools take place in several EDIT partner institutions. The coordination of the EDIT software development is carried out by the BGBM (task 5.2) and reported and discussed in the ISTC (Information Science and Technology Committee).

C5.088 Functional description for service to generate printed publication from the CDM

The labour- and time-intensive back and forth between taxonomist and publisher is one of the bottlenecks in the taxonomic workflow. Furthermore, where print publication are created from a database, the final editing stages often involve only formatted print output. This results in inconsistencies between database and final print output.

C5.085 Integrate further platform components with the CSSO security infrastructure

The general objective of the activity covers the design of a security infrastructure for the platform and the introduction of a secure Single Sign-On service (SSO) for the platform. The task to be achieved within the third JPA concerns the integration of a Community Single Sign-On (CSSO) security infrastructure within the platform. The CSSO enables the various EDIT service providers to protect their services and resources defining individual access control policies, while users can access different services using only one identity.

C5.059 CDM2 Community store interfaces documented

The CDM community store acts as a central data store for versionable Common Data Model data. The RESTful web services to access the community store had been implemented as proposed at http://dev.e-taxonomy.eu/trac/wiki/CommunityServer. In order to meet the advanced requirements of the EDIT Platform 2.0 the services have been revised and subsequently adapted to the CDM version 2.0.

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C5.058 CDM2 Framework Implementation available

The CDM Framework is a Java-based programming library that offers all functionality needed to persistently store data based on the Common Data Model (CDM), to edit the data and to make it available for other applications and thus to the public.

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C5.117 Specification of a CDM Library functionality for the output of structured descriptive content

The cdmlib-model.description classes are designed to manage and store structured descriptive content. In order to display this content, different types of outputs need to be specified. As for today, the main use-case is the necessity to create output to the EDIT portals and potentially to the Taxonomic Editor. More generally, a flexible output for display on Web pages or in a format targeted to be read by another system would cover most use-cases.

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