Class MetadataExposure

  extended by

public class MetadataExposure
extends Object

Static utility class to manage configuration for exposure (hiding) of certain Item metadata fields. This class answers the question, "is the user allowed to see this metadata field?" Any external interface (UI, OAI-PMH, etc) that disseminates metadata should consult it before disseminating the value of a metadata field. Since the MetadataExposure.isHidden() method gets called in a lot of inner loops, it is important to implement it efficiently, in both time and memory utilization. It computes an answer without consuming ANY memory (e.g. it does not build any temporary Strings) and in close to constant time by use of hash tables. Although most sites will only hide a few fields, we can't predict what the usage will be so it's better to make it scalable. Algorithm is as follows: 1. If a Context is provided and it has a user who is Administrator, always grant access (return false). 2. Return true if field is on the hidden list, false otherwise. The internal maps are populated from DSpace Configuration at the first call, in case the properties are not available in the static context. Configuration Properties: ## hide a single metadata field #metadata.hide.SCHEMA.ELEMENT[.QUALIFIER] = true # example: dc.type metadata.hide.dc.type = true # example: dc.description.provenance metadata.hide.dc.description.provenance = true

$Revision: 3734 $
Larry Stone

Constructor Summary
Method Summary
static boolean isHidden(Context context, String schema, String element, String qualifier)
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public MetadataExposure()
Method Detail


public static boolean isHidden(Context context,
                               String schema,
                               String element,
                               String qualifier)
                        throws SQLException

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