A panel showing all Biomoby entities: Services, Data types (aka Moby
Objects), Service types, and Namespaces. It also allows to select which
Biomoby registry should be shown (always the whole Dashboard, all its
panels, works with just one registry). Finally, it allows to store
almost the whole content of a Biomoby registry in a local file-system
(local cache), and let the user choose when to update it.
This is a very important Dashboard feature. We recommend to
use cache always - otherwise the performance and response time would be
A cache is a local directory where Dashboard creates sub-directories -
one for each registry it visited. Therefore, anytime you "update" or
"reload" a cache, only the cache of the currently displayed registry
is changed. The location of a local cache can be changed in the text
field Cache directory. By default, when you start Dashboard
the first time, it uses some temporary directory whose location is
operating-system dependent. Be aware that some operating systems, time
to time, clean up such temporary directories so it may be better to
put the local cache to some more permanent place.
- Button Update
- Allows to update or reload the current local cache. The update
is faster but it may not reflect changes in the contents of the
entities. The reload guarantees that the full contents of all cached
entities is up to date.
- Button Info
- Informs you how big and old your cache is. Do not be surprises
that you see relatively small number of services: the number there is
not a number of services but of the authorities (each of them can have
Biomoby registry location
It tells what registry you want to be browsing. Each Biomoby registry
is defined by two attributes - a URL (endpoint) and a namespace (URI)
(this does not have the same meaning as the term "namespace" in the
contents of a Biomoby registry).
The endpoint and namespace could also be selected from the list of
known registries. Selecting a new registry, however, only fills
endpoint and namespace - it does not reload the entity lists (for that
you still need to press "Reload all lists" button"). A selection can
also show additional information about the selected registry in the
console window (if the check box "Show info" is checked).
The currently selected registry (its name or URI) is also visible on
top of the Dashboard where you can see it from any panel.
- Button Reload all lists
- It re-displays the lists of Biomoby entities. It does not
reload cache, so if you are using cache, the reload is
instantaneous. It is useful when you have cached several registries
and you want quickly to swap them.
- Button Restore defaults
- Fills the Biomoby registry location by a default Biomoby
registry (in Canada).
Lists of Biomoby entities
This is obviously the main purpose of this panel - to show what is in
Selecting an entity displays its details in the console sub-panel.
RIGHT-CLICK brings sorting options. Reloading does
the same as the button Reload all lists but only for one
tree. For data types, you can choose to see all children members
(Show HAS/HASA members), or to show/hide data types that are
not correctly defined (this is now almost an obsolete option).
When trees are being reloaded (from a real registry, not just from a
local cache), there will be an animated progress bar. The red button
can cancel loading. The current item is also shortly displayed at the
bottom status bar.