HELP Page

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  1. What is MySRB?
  2. Who can use MySRB?
  3. Can I use MySRB from anywhere?
  4. What about security?
  5. What are the functionalities of MySRB?
  6. What is the meaning of the split-window?
  7. Please explain the buttons at the top of the 'bottom-window'?

  1. What is MySRB?: MySRB is a web-based resource sharing system that allows users to share their scientific data collections with their colleagues. It provides a system where users can organize their files according to logical cataloguing schemes independent of the physical location of the files and associate metadata with these files. MySRB uses the Storage Resource Broker (SRB) and the Metadata Catalog (MCAT) developed at SDSC as its underlying infrastructure.
  2. Who can use MySRB?: To use MySRB, one needs to become a registered user. Currently, MySRB is restricted to users from SDSC, that is users who have computer accounts at SDSC. Only these users can register as a MySRB user.
  3. Can I use MySRB from anywhere?: Yes, except during registration. Once you become a registered user of MySRB, you can access it from anywhere using web Browsers. When registering, you need to use a browser from inside the firewall at SDSC (132.249.x.x).
  4. What about security?: MySRB uses secure-http (https) protocol using 128-bit RSA authentication. Each session to MySRB is given a unique session key (and stored as in-memory cookie at the Browser). These session keys have a time-limit set on them (currently 60 minutes) and are unusable after that time. MySRB also performs certain checks on the session keys when validating a user request.
  5. What are the functionalities of MySRB?: MySRB provides three primary functionalities:
  6. What is the meaning of the split-window?: The browser window of MySRB is split into two with a smaller top-window and a larger bottom-window. The top-window is used for displaying metadata about data objects and collections, and the bottom-window is used for displaying elements in a collections or for displaying data objects accessed by the user. When performing some operation, the window is used fully for gathering data from the user.
  7. Please explain the buttons at the top of the 'bottom-window'?: The buttons at the top of the bottom-window belong operationally to two sets. The first type operations are 'collection-based' and the second type are generic.

    The collection-based operations are:
    Move Up
    Move
    Up
    This button helps to change to the parent of the current collection being displayed in the bottom-window.
    Ingest New File
    Ingest
    File
    This button brings up the screen to ingest a new file into the current collection from the local desktop. The ingested object is physically copied into SRB and stored in a resource or container chosen by the user. The user can also associate metadata for the file during the ingestion process.
    Register New File
    Register
    File
    This button brings up the screen to register a new file into the current collection. The file may reside in any of the resources brokered by the SRB but is currently limited to unix file systems. No copying of the file is performed but the SRB should be have 'write' permission to the file in the remote resource. The user can also associate metadata for the file during the registration process.
    Register Directory
    Register
    Directory
    This buton brings up the screen to register an existing directory in a file system resource. The directory may reside in any of the resources brokered by the SRB but is currently limited to unix file systems. The directory or its contents are not copied into the SRB but only a link is registered. The SRB should be have 'write' permission to the file in the remote resource. The user can also associate and query metadata for the directories, subdirectories and underlying files as for any SRB object. The registered directory appears in a list of shadow objects in MySRB.
    Register URL
    Register
    URL
    This button brings up the screen to register a URL into the current collection. No copying of the URL pointed file is performed but the contents of the URL is accessed and displayed at access time. The user can also associate and query metadata for the URL object as for any SRB object.
    Register SQL
    Register
    SQL
    This buton brings up the screen to register a SQL query to a SRB-registered database. The user can also associate and query metadata for the SQL object as for any SRB object. When registering the SQL the wrapper-style for the display of the SQL result needs to be associated. Users can associate any of the generic templates (such as HTML or XML) or any user-defined wrapper-style template stored in the SRB.
    Create New SubCollection
    Make
    Collection
    This buton brings up the screen to create a new sub-collection under the current collection. Users can associate metadata for the new sub collections as well as metadata template to be used for newly ingested files. Also, one can associate a container to the new collection which will force the storage of files into that container upon ingestion.
    Show Metadata
    Show
    Meta
    Redisplays the listing of files and sub-collections with user-defined metadata and annotations
    Browse Query
    Browse
    Query
    This button brings up the screen for searching the collection based on user-defined metadata.
    The generic operations are:
    Create New Container
    Make
    Container
    This button brings up the screen for creating a new container in the SRB.
    Query MetaData
    Query
    Meta
    This button brings up the screen for searching the collection based mainly on system-defined metadata.
    Other Info
    Other
    Info
    This button brings up a menu for accessing other meta information stored in the SRB including information about resources, users and containers.
    Help
    Online
    Help
    This button brings up this web page.
    Exit MySRB
    Exit
    MySRB
    This button terminates the current MySRB session.