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Re: [EP-tech] Search form

Thank you very much for your replies and tips.

Unfortunately, the virtual field is not indexed, so we can't use this for the search. If virtual fields could be indexed, it would have been a perfect solution. Maybe in a future version of eprints?

The solution with an automatic field is good but we can not create a new field in our database now. We will go that way when we will be able to modify the database.

Best regards


Le 27/04/2016 10:48, Adam Field a écrit :
Hi Matt / Lessard

I don't think virtual fields will work for searching (if I've understood the problem correctly).  Virtual fields don't store values in the database, and in general, searching is operating on the database.

When I have issues like this, I tend to use automatic fields to solve it.  How about this:

1) Create a new multiple volatile field called all_contributors_unite_ids
2) in eprint_fields_automatic, add code that will pull all the unite_ids of all the creators, editors and contributors and store them in the new field
3) use the that field as the target of your search.

There's a training video on automatic fields here: https://wiki.eprints.org/w/Training_Video:Automatic_Fields

Note that there's one issue with this: if your user records change, you will need to recommit the publications associated with that user record.  You can do with user_fields_automatic -- on commit do a search for eprints with this userid in any of the 'person' fields, and recommit them.



Adam Field
SHERPA services analyst developer

From: <eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk> on behalf of Matthew Brady <Matthew.Brady@usq.edu.au>
Reply-To: "eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk" <eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:21
To: "eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk" <eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [EP-tech] Search form

Hi Lessard,


We implemented our system a little differently that Gilles did with Cirad.


We re-used the original creator_id field, and update its contents as the author records get manipulated.  We also wrote custom view render logic for the double hop we make, from creator->author_instance_id->author_id, so our browse by author view (http://eprints.usq.edu.au/view/uniqueauthor/)  is listing the Unique Authors by name, then any cited name used.  Virtual Fields would likely streamline this process a bit more…


There are Training Video’s on the eprints wiki, https://wiki.eprints.org/w/Category:Training_Video


The one I think would suit this application is the Virtual Fields video (https://wiki.eprints.org/w/Training_Video:Virtual_Fields). 

From the description…


“Virtual Meta Fields are fields that are not stored in the database, instead

their input and output is programmed. They can be used whenever a default

display-value is not suitable. Since their value is calculated their uses are

limited by one's imagination.”


So you could create a virtual field, that handles all the linkages between datasets, and provides a single point of data for your search screen.


I think I have the process correct in my head, but I am happy for anyone (John, Ian, Adam) to point out any problems with understanding J











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