Commit 8319ea1c authored by Gerrit Hübbers's avatar Gerrit Hübbers 🃏
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Add documentation for target repository configuration.

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# Document Deposit Assistant
The *Document Deposit Assistant* (DDA) is a web application which is able to import massive amounts of content and their metadata from a variety of data sources into a target repository.
To accomplish this aim, DDA consists of two complementary services:
* a web-based interface, where content providers (e.g. publishers, libraries, repository managers) are guided through a wizard, answering easily understandable questions to their content management infrastructure (e.g. which software they use, such as the DSpace institutional application).
* a service which uses the answers elicited from the wizard in order to connect to the content management infrastructure or process uploaded datadumps, harmonize metadata, and finally import it into the target repository.
## DDA and DSpace
Currently, one DDA installation supports one target DSpace 5+ repository installation. As a DDA installation is interacting with its target repository via REST, both can be deployed and restarted independently.
When a content provider has successfully used DDA to import a batch of content to the target DSpace repository, it will land in that collection's *XMLWorkflow* task pool, where that collection's editors and reviewers will have the chance to do their usual business of validating and improving the each submission before archiving (or rejecting) it.
# Initial setup
DDA is currently focused on working with a DSpace 5+ installation. In particular, it requires a running [DSpace REST endpoint]( with [additional endpoints]( DSpace must be running with [XMLWorkflow](
## Creating a *Document Deposit Assistant* user
DDA will import documents to DSpace as a registered DSpace user. To create a new DDA user account within DSpace, first log in with administrator privileges. Then select *Access Control* -> *People*. Click *Click here to add a new E-Person*. Provide a valid and unique e-mail address, provide as first name "Document", as last name "Deposit Assistant", and have "Can Log In" selected. Click *Create E-Person*. Back in the *E-person management* interface, search for e-people with a string "Deposit Assistant", select the correct *Document Deposit Assistant* e-person from the results, and click *Login as E-Person* (in case it's available) or *Reset Password* in order to provide this user a password.
## Creating a *Document Deposit Assistant* collection
DDA needs to know about a DSpace *collection* to which it can import its processed new items to.
In your DSpace installation, we suggest to create a new DSpace collection exclusively for DDA imports. This allows you to wipe all DDA-supplied imports in case something went wrong. While being logged in as a DSpace administrator, click on *Browse* -> *Communities & Collections* in order to get the *community list* overview. Either create a new community or select a community which you want the *Document Deposit Assistant* collection be part of, and click *create Collection*. Provide a meaningful name such as *Document Deposit Assistant* and click *Create*.
You will get into the *Edit Collection* dialog. On the *Assign Roles* tab, within the *submitters* section, click *Create...*. This will create a new group which is granted submitter rights to this collection; and you will be brought to the membership dialog for this group. Within this dialog, have a look at the headline. It should be of the form: `Group Editor: COLLECTION_XXX_SUBMIT (id: YYY)`. Keep note of the `XXX` part, as this is the collection *ID* (not collection *handle*) that we will require later. On this submitter group membership dialog, search for e-people with a string "Deposit Assistant", identify the correct *Document Deposit Assistant* e-person from the results, click on its *Add* button, and click *Save* to finalize this step.
#Technical overview
This application was generated using JHipster, you can find documentation and help at [](
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