Documentation: Virtual Tour
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Graphical Non-interactive Tour

This tour will show you how the RIB software works by showing screen shots of the Java administration interface and the HTML catalog generated by RIB.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Step 1: RIB Management Page
Step 2: Creating a Repository
Step 3: Starting the RIB applet
Step 4: Configuring the data model
Step 5: Creating Metadata Objects
Step 6: Working With Collections of Objects
Step 7: Viewing the catalog
Step 8: Catalog Navigation
Step 9: Viewing Objects in the Catalog
Step 10: Searching the Catalog
Step 11: What's New Page
Step 12: Customizing Your Catalog
Step 13: Supplying Custom HTML for the Catalog
Step 14: Using RIB's Interoperation Feature

Step 1: RIB Management Page
Step 2: Creating a Repository

From the RIB management page you can create a new repository. Clicking the "Create a repository" button will bring up the page shown below. One of the most important features of this page is that it allows you to choose the data model that the new repository will use for encoding metadata. New repositories use the Basic Interoperability Data Model (IEEE Standard 1420.1) by default. You have the option of including the Asset Certification Framework (IEEE standard 1420.1a), the Intellectual Property Rights Framework (IEEE standard 1420.1b), and the Standard NHSE or Deployment extensions if desired.

Figure: RIB Repository Creation Page
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Step 3: Starting the RIB applet
Step 4: Configuring the data model

After creating a new repository, the first thing that you will want to do is make any desired customizations to the repository's data model. A repository is made up of metadata objects, and the data model is the framework used by RIB to encode those objects into XML so that they can be published on the Web. Think of a data model as a template for describing the contents of each object in your repository.

By default, the Basic Interoperability Data Model (BIDM) will be used for your repository's data model. From the data model editor (pictured below) you can edit the structure and properties of your data model to better suit your collection.

RIB's data model editor is quite robust, and allows you to enter practically any type of data model that can be represented in an object oriented fashion. The BIDM (RIB's default data model) is an object oriented data model and RIB was designed to support its subclassing, data type, controlled vocabulary, and entity-relationship mechanisms.

Note that you can also import a data model from an existing RIB repository by providing a URL where the data model can be located on the web.

Figure: The Data Model Editor
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Step 5: Creating Metadata Objects
Step 6: Working With Collections of Objects
Step 7: Viewing the catalog
Step 8: Catalog Navigation
Step 9: Viewing Objects in the Catalog
Step 10: Searching the Catalog
Step 11: What's New Page
Step 12: Customizing Your Catalog
Step 13: Supplying Custom HTML for the Catalog
Step 14: Using RIB's Interoperation Feature
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