Database for the INTRAW Raw Materials Observatory

The Repository is a database of the documents collected in the course of the INTRAW project. These documents cover the whole scope of the project. Some are held in digital form (most as PDF files) within the database itself and available for download. Others are available online in digital form elsewhere and links are provided to these. Yet others are not available online but may exist as digital files or on paper within the INTRAW Observatory or in institutions or companies elsewhere.

The main storage medium of the INTRAW Repository is a relational database table which gives access to all referenced documents. Those documents which are held online by the INTRAW Observatory are maintained in a folder within the website for instant download.

The Repository database provides a set of document discovery tools, allowing search and browse options. Documents are indexed by metadata elements (field of interest, geographical and commodity) and by keywords, and searchable abstracts are provided - often as abstracts or executive summaries taken directly from the individual documents.

The set of storage and retrieval capabilities is progressively being extended, and user feedback is welcomed to help us to improve the Repository.

There are three classes of user: "guest", "contributor", and "administrator".

GUESTS: Anybody may visit the Repository as a Guest without any need to login, and public access is provided to all documents stored within the Repository. Users are reminded that they must respect copyright and other intellectual property rights which attach to these documents, many (indeed most) of which are from third-party sources. Where documents are available for download from third-party sites, the terms and conditions of those sites must be respected.

CONTRIBUTORS: These are members of the INTRAW consortium and others who are accredited as providers of documents to the database. They have password-controlled access allowing them to add documents to the database. Such updates must be accompanied by the appropriate metadata, including keywords, and an abstract for each document. Contributors have write access to the database but cannot modify or delete existing entries.

ADMINISTRATORS: A small number of INTRAW participants have full administrative access allowing them to modify the database contents and structure, to make backup copies, and other similar procedures.

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