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September 23, 2011

Logging and communicating file downloads

I had considered a feature freeze for the Research Gateway to keep the upgrade path to D7 as clear as possible but this may not abide.

Here is one I am thinking to add:

When a datafile is downloaded email the data originator to let them know about it, possibly including email and purpose information from the downloader.

The collection of downloader information (e.g., email, institution, purpose) can be done in a number of ways.

1) Have them create a full account
2) The first time they go to view a data set or list of data sets, collect the needed information and store it in a cookie. Anytime they download a file, email the data originator. Q. What happens if cookies are disabled.
3) Upon clicking a file link, interrupt with a popup screen asking for downloader information. Potentially store this in a cookie or ask for it everytime a file is downloaded. Either way, auto-email the information to the originator.

Relevant modules:

Scant findings thus far.

Email Download - not compatible with CCK fields, otherwise it does everything needed.

And that's it - although it may work to come up with a custom solution using CCK and Rules.

Posted by kkwaiser at September 23, 2011 04:22 PM

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