Web-based Compound Object Creation

Using the Web-based functions, you can edit metadata and structure within existing compound objects, and you can create a compound object out of items already within the collection. If you already have a compound object that you wish to edit, see Editing and Deleting Compound Objects in the Web Editor. These functions are available by selecting CONTENTdm Administration from the Administration menu in the Project Client or navigating to CONTENTdm Administration in a browser.

You must have rights to edit metadata and approve items and build indexes within the collection to create a Web-based compound object. If you do not have these permissions, Edit will not be hyperlinked under the Items tab.

Learn about:

  1. Navigating to CONTENTdm Administration
  2. Creating a Compound Object

Navigating to CONTENTdm Administration

To navigate to CONTENTdm Administration:

  1. Open your Web browser. (You must have cookies enabled.)

  2. Navigate to http://serverURL/cgi-bin/admin/start.exe where serverURL is the address of your CONTENTdm server. If you do not know the server address, contact your CONTENTdm Administrator. Enter a user name and password.

Creating a Compound Object

Use the Web-based functions if you do not have access to a Project Client or if you only have one or two compound objects to create. You must have permissions to edit metadata and approve items and build indexes within the collection to use this function.

Note: To create PDF compound objects, you do not use the Web Editor. For more information, see Importing PDF Files.

You must upload the files that will be used to create the compound object to the collection before creating a compound object using the Web Editor. You can create a compound object with a maximum of 500 pages using the Web Editor.

When importing items that will become part of the compound object in the collection, add metadata that will make them easily searchable. For instance, you might want to add metadata that is unique and identical to all items that will make up the compound object.

Because the files are already imported to the collection, creating a compound object is considered an editing function.

To create a compound object with the Web Editor:

1. Select Edit from the Items tab.

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2. Enter the criteria for the items that you wish to search for and click Search. The Results page opens.

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3. Select the images that you wish to add to the compound object:

  • If you are adding all results, select Add all to compound object. This button is within the Global actions section.
  • If you are not adding all items in the search results, check the box next to each image that you wish to add to the compound object and then click Add to compound object near the top of the Selected operations section.

The Add compound object screen opens.

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4. Select the type of compound object that you wish to create. Choices are:

  • Document: A compound object with no hierarchy.
  • Monograph: A compound object with a hierarchy such as sections or chapters.
  • Picture cube: A compound object that has up to six sides. Often used to show three dimensions of an object.
  • Postcard: A compound object that only has two sides.

5. Edit the titles of the compound object pages, if necessary. To do this, click Edit next to the page that you wish to edit. Edit the title in the title box and then click Change.

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6. Move any pages, if necessary. If you wish to arrange the pages in a different order, determine the row number of the location where you would like the page to be moved, Click Edit in the row of the page that you wish to move, type the row number where you would like the page to be moved, and click Change. Note: You cannot move nodes.

7. Add any necessary nodes if you are creating a monograph. To do this, determine the row number where you would like the node to be inserted, enter the text that you wish to use as the node title, select whether you want the note to appear after, before or in the position that you are about to type, type the number of the row where you wish the mode to appear, and click Insert.

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8. If you have any additional items to add, use the scroll bars and page navigation to move through the collection to find the item that you wish to add. Click Insert next to the item that you wish to insert, select whether you want the page to appear after, before or in the position that you are about to type, type the number of the row where you wish the mode to appear, and click Insert.

9. Click Next. The Add Compound Object Metadata page opens.

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10. Add compound object-level metadata. You have the opportunity to view controlled vocabulary terms and edit permissions (if you have the appropriate rights). You must enter a Title. Click Save Changes.

The new compound object is added to the pending queue. An administrator must approve the new item and then index the collection before it becomes part of the collection.