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

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 aviaryAviary.

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

If you select the "Enable click-through functionality for access requests to private resources in this collection" box on this tab, users will be required to agree to collection access conditions before they are able to submit an access request. Once this functionality is enabled, when a registered user requests access to a private restricted 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 fully enabled, select the "Enable click-through functionality" check box and add text to the "Conditions for access" section.


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 global access restrictions are configured for a given collection, except those granted "Super View" permissions. See Custom Permissions for more information about creating custom permission groups.

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Your IP address list can be downloaded as a CSV for quick editing. A CSV with two columns "IP or IP Range" and "Label" can also be imported to populate the IP table. The Import CSV option will overwrite any content currently in the table.

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