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October 28, 2009

Create Research Projects Content Type with Keyword connections

I'm going to create a simple Content Type called Research Project that will hold the Metadata information collected this summer. This will serve as a way for the UMBS community to keep tabs on what is going on.

1) Here are Modules and Sub-Modules I think I need for this:

Administer > Site Building > Modules

CCK > Content, Link, Node Reference, Number, Text, Option Widgest, User References


2) Create Research Project content type:

Administer > Content Management > Content Types > Add content type

Name: Research Project
Type: research_project
Description: Research activities at the University of Michigan Biological Station.
Title field label: Research Project Title
Default Options: Published
Default comment setting: disabled

3) Manage fields

Go to content type (Research Project) > manage fields > New Fields

Added these text fields: Researcher (Check boxes/radio buttons), Abstract

Note that it is probably appropriate to create a Taxonomy of Researchers.

4) Create Keyword taxonomy list

I want to associate keywords with the Research Project so I created a list of keywords. Working off of this list from the LTER.

Because I have a large list, I wanted to do bulk taxonomy uploads (vs 1 at a time):

I went here to get a Drupal 6 module called Taxonomy Batch Operations.

$ cd /home/data/Desktop/
$ mv taxonomy_batch_operations.tar__0.gz taxonomy_batch_operations.tar.gz
$ sudo tar xzf /home/data/Desktop/taxonomy_batch_operations.tar.gz
$ sudo cp -r taxonomy_batch_operations /var/drupal/sites/all/modules/

Then go to enable the Module.

Administer > Content management > Taxonomy > Add vocabulary

Vocabulary name: Keywords
Description: Keywords for describing research projects and datasets.
Content Types: Research Project
Settings: Tags, Multiple select, Required

5) Notice that when you go to Create content > Research Project the keywords show up there and will auto complete as you type them in.

6) I then went in a create two Research Projects and the use of a keyword taxonomy links the two . E.g. if both use keyword: groundwater then by clicking on groundwater you list all research projects assocated with that keyword.

Posted by kkwaiser at October 28, 2009 09:27 AM


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