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How to Edit a Collection?

Once you’ve created a collection, you can add collection-level metadata and customize resource metadata display from the Collections page. Click the green “Edit” button on the collection you wish to edit.


On the Edit Collection page, you’ll see four options for editing your collection: General Settings, Collection Description, Resource Description, and Access Policies.


General Settings

On the General Settings tab, you can edit the basic collection information you entered when you created the collection through the Collections page (or add this information if you created the collection through Imports).

Collection Description

On the Collection Description tab, you can add additional metadata about your collection. Click on the Sort Collection Fields button to drag and drop fields to display this information in your desired order on the collection’s webpage. Click “Add More” to add multiple values for any field.

Click “Update” to save your work. (Note: collection-level metadata is not yet searchable in aviary.)

Resource Description

On the Resource Description tab, you can customize and add metadata fields for your collection’s resources. From this tab, you can establish a customized template for the resources in this collection. The settings you define here will affect which descriptive fields are available for description and for visibility on the “Description” tab of the detail view of a resource in this collection.

You can drag and drop the fields below to reorder them into a sequence that you prefer. This will change the sequence in which the fields are displayed on the resource detail page.



Tombstone and Description Toggle

“Tombstone” fields are fixed metadata fields that will always be visible in the main view of the Resource Detail page, as well as in search results where the resource is shown, and anywhere the resource is listed publicly throughout the Aviary interface, except the Aviary home page. You can select up to three fields to be displayed as Tombstone fields for the resources in this collection. Title is part of the Tombstone by default.

Description fields that have been enabled will appear in the “Description” tab of all the resources in this collection (when you have opted to make a field visible).+

Preview Section



The Preview section changes as you edit the order and visibility of fields to show you how resource metadata will display in aviary.

Adding Custom Fields

You can add custom metadata fields to your resources with the “Add Custom Fields” button. You will need to select the data type (either “dropdown,” “date,” “text,” “tokens,” or  “editor”) and add help text for any member users who will be creating resources. You can also specify if the field is required, repeatable, and visible on the website.


Access Policies

Configure Access Requests

Click-through functionality requires users to agree to collection access conditions before they are able to submit an access request to view private resources in the collection. Once this functionality is enabled, when a registered user requests access to a private resource in a collection, they will be shown a check box that asks them to agree to the access conditions assigned to this collection before they are allowed to submit the request. For this function to be enabled, you must select the "Enable click-through functionality" check box on the Access Policies tab and then add text to the "Conditions for access" section.


Once click-through functionality is enabled, you should also enter text in the "Configure Access Request Approval Email" field to configure an automated email that will be sent to users, granting them access to the collection. In addition to entering the email text, you have the option to select the "Add resource link to email" box to include a direct link back to the specific resource they want to access. You may also select the "Add resource accessible details to email" box in order to include additional access details specifying whether the user has been granted ongoing access or access for a fixed period of time. See Manage Access Requests for more detailed information about approving or denying specific access requests.

You also have the option to enable automated access request approvals for either the requested resource or for the entire collection by selecting the "Enable automated access request approvals for resources in this collection" check box and then filling out the desired access settings.



Global Access Restrictions

Global Access Restrictions allow broader access control to collection administrators. By clicking to enable the IP white list for resources in a collection, you limit access to the collection to a defined IP address or range. Even users already assigned to a permission group at the user- or email domain-level will be restricted by their IP address when accessing items in this collection.  See Custom Permissions for more information about creating custom permission groups.



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