Package org.dspace.content

Provides an API for reading and manipulating content in the DSpace system.


Interface Summary
InProgressSubmission Interface for manipulating in-progress submissions, without having to know at which stage of submission they are (in workspace or workflow system)

Class Summary
Bitstream Class representing bitstreams stored in the DSpace system.
BitstreamFormat Class representing a particular bitstream format.
Bundle Class representing bundles of bitstreams stored in the DSpace system
Collection Class representing a collection.
Community Class representing a community
DCDate Dublin Core date utility class
DCLanguage Utility class for dealing with languages
DCPersonName DSpace person name utility class
DCSeriesNumber Series and report number, as stored in relation.ispartofseries
DCValue Deprecated.
DSpaceObject Abstract base class for DSpace objects
FormatIdentifier This class handles the recognition of bitstream formats, using the format registry in the database.
InstallItem Support to install item in the archive
Item Class representing an item in DSpace.
ItemComparator Compare two Items by their DCValues.
ItemIterator Specialized iterator for DSpace Items.
LicenseUtils Utility class to manage generation and storing of the license text that the submitter has to grant/granted for archiving the item
MetadataField DSpace object that represents a metadata field, which is defined by a combination of schema, element, and qualifier.
MetadataSchema Class representing a schema in DSpace.
MetadataValue Database access class representing a Dublin Core metadata value.
Site Represents the root of the DSpace Archive.
SupervisedItem Class to handle WorkspaceItems which are being supervised.
Thumbnail Wrapper class for bitstreams with Thumbnails associated with them for convenience in the browse system
WorkspaceItem Class representing an item in the process of being submitted by a user

Exception Summary
NonUniqueMetadataException An exception that gets thrown when a metadata field cannot be created or saved due to an existing field with an identical element and qualifier.

Package org.dspace.content Description

Provides an API for reading and manipulating content in the DSpace system.

The DSpace Data Model

Data in DSpace is stored in the model below. Multiple inclusion is permitted at every level; the documentation for each class describes the system's behaviour for coping with this.
Community Communities correspond to organisational units within an institution.
Collection Collections are groupings of related content. Each collection may have an associated workflow; this is the review process that submissions go through before being included in the archive.
Item Items are the basic archival units. An item corresponds to a single logical piece of content and associated metadata.
Bundle Bundles are groupings of Bitstreams that make no sense in isolation; for example, the files making up an HTML document would all go in one Bundle. A PDF version of the same Item, or a dataset stored with the Item, would go in a separate Bundle.
Bitstream Bitstreams are sequences of bits, typically files, that make up the raw content of Items.
Additionally, each Bitstream is associated with one Bitstream Format; this describes information about the format and encoding of the Bitstream, including a name (for example "Adobe PDF"), a MIME type and a support level.

Submissions are created as Workspace Items. A Workspace Item is an Item in progress. Once item assembly is complete, one of two things may happen:

Workspace Items and Workflow Items may both be manipulated as In Progress Submissions.

Using the Content Management API

The general paradigm for using DSpace is to create a Context; this is akin to opening a connection to a database (which, coincidentally, is one of the things that happens.)

The classes in this package are then used to create in-memory snapshots that represent the corresponding logical objects stored in the system. When the reading or manipulating is done, the Context may either be aborted, in which case any changes made are discarded, or completed, in which case any changes made are committed to main DSpace storage.

If any error occurs if you are making changes, you should abort the current context, since the in-memory snapshots might be in an inconsistent state.

Typically, when changing a particular object in the system, the changes will not be written to main DSpace storage unless update is called on the object prior to Context completion. Where this is not the case, it is stated in the method documentation.

Instances of the classes in this package are tied to that Context; when the Context has been finished with the objects essentially become invalid.

An example use of the Content Management API is shown below:

    // Create a DSpace context
    context = new org.dspace.core.Context();

    // Set the current user

    // Create my new collection
    Collection c = Collection.create(context);
    c.setMetadata("name", "My New Collection");
    c.update();   // Updates the metadata within the context

    // Find an item
    item = Item.find(context, 1234);
    // Remove it from its old collections
    Collection[] colls = item.getCollections();
    // Add it to my new collection
    // All went well; complete the context so changes are written
catch (SQLException se)
    // Something went wrong with the database; abort the context so
    // no changes are written
catch (AuthorizeException ae)
    // authenticatedUser does not have permission to perform one of the
    // above actions, so no changes should be made at all.

// The context will have been completed or aborted here, so it may
// no longer be used, nor any objects that were created with it (e.g. item)

See Also:
org.dspace.authorize, Context

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