[EP-tech] Re: EPrints ACL's status (EPACL or alternatives)

George Mamalakis mamalos at eng.auth.gr
Thu Jun 25 08:52:20 BST 2015

On 24/06/2015 06:51 μμ, John Salter wrote:
> Hi George,
Hi John!!
> One of the options we've looked at is an ACL group that refers to itself (not sure if that makes any sense outside of my head!).
AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Excellent comment!!! And, yes, through my 
eyes (and my context), it only makes sense inside your head!! :):) Had I 
more information about your ACL design, maybe I would have gotten it.
> This means you can restrict access to a person with matching metadata to a record (in this situation, person->collection = eprint->collection) - so I think it might work!
OK, without understanding the details, at least you sound optimistic! :)
> It might be worth mentioning that there's a Bazaar package that might be useful - it allows you to define a collection of EPrints, but also to use that collection as a template for new items added to it. You could  set up a collection with specific ACL rules applied - and anything added to that collection would inherit them.
> The only problem is that I can’t remember which Bazaar package it is - possibly 'Shelves': http://bazaar.eprints.org/258/ or 'Collections': http://bazaar.eprints.org/226/
>   - maybe someone on here has more knowledge of these?
I've installed the Collections package, but haven't played with it 
(didn't find documentation after one minute of search...:)). I'll give 
it a shot.

Anyhow, if you have any documentation regarding ACLs esoterica that you 
would like to share, or/and if you would like a helping hand I'd be very 
glad to help. As I said before, my perl skills are limited. Apart form 
that, though, I have written hundreds of thousands loc in other 
languages, so I'll adopt easily :).
> Cheers,
> John
> PS That's one of my pages - glad someone read it :o)
So, this means you're not using the aforementioned plugins either :):).

Thanks a lot again!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of George Mamalakis
> Sent: 24 June 2015 16:05
> To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
> Subject: [EP-tech] Re: EPrints ACL's status (EPACL or alternatives)
> John,
> One more thing. In our requirements we need to group documents in terms
> of collections. I am thinking of implementing the collections notion in
> EPrints using this guide:
> http://wiki.eprints.org/w/How_to_control_eprint_workflow_based_on_a_user_field
> which, basically adds a custom field (collection), populates it via a
> namedset and adds appropriate functionality in workflows. If I do that,
> will I be able to use the ACL's with respect to such a custom field?
> Meaning, will I be able to assign specific rights to users/groups per
> collection? (eg. a specific group will be able to have write access on a
> specific collection while not be able to have read access on another)
> Thanks,
> George.
> On 22/06/2015 06:55 μμ, John Salter wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Thanks for your interest in this.
>> John B and I have got the end of this week, and all next week block-booked to work on this :o)
>> We're close to a functioning system - it will work (but it might not look pretty).
>> If you have specific requirements (specifically around what systems you'd like to be able to authorise a user - LDAP / Shibboleth / OpenID type stuff), let us know - it may be something we've covered, or it might be something that will help us complete the picture!
>> Cheers,
>> John
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of George Mamalakis
>> Sent: 22 June 2015 16:33
>> To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
>> Subject: [EP-tech] EPrints ACL's status (EPACL or alternatives)
>> Hello everyone,
>> I've read about EPrints ACL support in
>> http://wiki.eprints.org/w/EPrints_User_Group_2015-01-13. It seems that
>> this project is a work-in-progress. Does anybody know what its status
>> (EPACL) is at the moment and if/when it will be available as a plugin?
>> If not, are there any other alternatives that allow finer grain
>> privileges in EPrints? I've seen that some of EPACL developers are
>> posting in this list, so I assume that an "authoritative" answer could
>> be provided :).
>> Thanks all in advance,
>> George.

George Mamalakis

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