[EP-tech] Re: Is eprints multitenant?
Alan.Stiles at open.ac.uk
Fri Oct 19 15:42:15 BST 2012
As Paolo pointed out - the repositories would share the base and default configuration files and scripts and plug-ins, but these can then be over-ridden and configured separately for each repository to give them their own individual front-end look and feel and functionality, and the back end databases would be completely separate, with separate user tables (controlling the repository administrators and users), and SQL connection ids.
Obviously, the server administrators and DB administrators would have access to the underlying code and databases for all the repositories running on the same hardware.
(oralhistory.open.ac.uk could be a routing issue - it's fine from this side of the firewall - I'll get someone to look.)
From: Pavlovic,Karlo [mailto:karlo.pavlovic at imp.ac.at]
Sent: 19 October 2012 14:46
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Is eprints multitenant?
this is exactly what I have asked for.
White Rose is de facto one IR and the three universities are technically
like e.g. three departments, which is OK for White Rose.
But this is *not* what I want.
My library serves three different institutions (in the legal /corporate
sense), where one institution wants an IR *now*, and the two other perhaps
If they also want one, it would be then possible to take the *same*
installation (same "bits of hardware"), but a very different backend (e.g.
administrators) and frontend (e.g. deposit-IDs or the mere design of the
BTW: http://oralhistory.open.ac.uk seems to be unavailable.
Thanks to all!
On 10/18/12 6:24 PM, "Alan.Stiles" <Alan.Stiles at open.ac.uk> wrote:
> It does indeed depend on what you are trying to achieve - I think there are 2
> separate concepts here.
> White Rose appears to be a single repository, accepting deposits from 3
> separate institutions, so presumably having a shared user table.
> As John Salter noted, you can have multiple archives running on one instance
> of the Eprints software, such as we do at The Open University.
> There is our main research repository (http://oro.open.ac.uk) and our
> oralhistory project repository (http://oralhistory.open.ac.uk)
> They are running on the same bits of hardware, with one install of the eprints
> software, but separate repository configurations and separate user tables (and
> admin accounts thereon) in separate databases.
> If this is more what you are trying to achieve, then the installation process
> shouldn't be vastly different from a single repository install, though it will
> require a separate round of configuration for the separate archive.
> Karlo - perhaps you could explain further what you are trying to achieve?
> Alan Stiles
> Digital Repository Developer, Library Services
> The Open University Library.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jan Ploski [mailto:jpl at plosquare.com]
> Sent: 18 October 2012 16:53
> To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
> Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Is eprints multitenant?
> Of course, it all depends on what you are trying to achieve, but I would
> say the ability to store data of multiple organizations is not enough to
> call a system multitenant.
> The term as I know it from commercial IS refers to the ability to
> separately administer and audit an organization's users through
> independent organization-specific admin accounts who may only grant
> (restricted) permissions to those users belonging to their respective
> organization. Apart from that usually some shared data exists that is
> used by all tenants (rather than each tenant's system being completely
> separated from the others, which is a typical workaround suggesting that
> a system is NOT multitenant).
> So I'd say that out-of-the-box EPrints with its central "users" table
> and a single "admin" account, just like most open source content
> management systems, does NOT qualify as multitenant, from the viewpoint
> of corporate IT - but always ask them what they mean exactly. It could
> conceivably be made multitenant in the above described sense through
> (potentially heavy) customization. Developers may correct me if I'm wrong.
> David Kane wrote:
>> White Rose Consortium is one example.
>> On 18 October 2012 14:48, Pavlovic,Karlo<karlo.pavlovic at imp.ac.at> wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> I am not a coder, but I need some specific information for my IT:
>>> Is Eprints capable to serve multiple rganizations, i.e. is it multitenant?
>>> If so, does this in principle affect the installation of the system or can
>>> this be adjusted AFTER the installation?
>>> Thank you!
>>> Karlo Pavlovic
>>> Max Perutz Library
>>> Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7
>>> A-1030 Wien
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