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FigShare ER Model

Entities

The database shall be defined by five distinct entities. Each entity represents the different types of users that are expected to have access to the system.

User Class Name Critical

(Y/N)

Estimated Number of Users How They Use The System
1.     Administrator (Admin) Y 5 Administration is in charge of the management of crucial data, including and not limited to user all user information and publications.
2.     Publisher Y 110 A publisher is a registered member of the database and uses the database to upload and share publications with other members.
3.     Researcher Y 450 A researcher is a registered member who will use the system to access the database for completed projects posted by publishers and available  projects posted by institutions
4.     Institution N 1500 An institution is an entity other than an individual. Institutions use the system to store large amounts of data. They can also push any of their research to any of the available internal repositories.
5.     Visitor N 300 A visitor is a non-registered member with limited user capability. They can only use the database to conduct and information search.

 

 

 

Relationships

Admin – All Other Users

Administration will have the permissions to view information pertaining to all users. This will include the user’s bio data (user name, picture, biography and social media links) and a list of their uploaded, claimed and completed articles. Admin will also have the ability to edit any of the user’s data. This will include their bio data and/or their user account.

Researchers – Institutions

Researchers will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to a given institution. This will be a detail of all their completed articles, available articles and projects, projects in progress and completed projects.

Researchers – Publishers

Researchers will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to a given publisher. This will be a detail of all their completed articles, available articles and projects, projects in progress and completed projects.

Institutions – Researchers

Institutions will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to any researcher. This will be a detail of uploaded articles, claimed articles and projects in progress. They will further have the ability to select a given researcher to undertake a given project.

Institutions – Publishers

Institutions will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to any publisher. This will be a detail of uploaded articles, claimed articles and projects in progress. They will further have the ability to select a given publisher to undertake a given project.

Publishers – Researchers

Publishers will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to any given researcher. This will be a detail of uploaded articles, claimed articles and projects in progress.

Publishers – Institutions

Publishers will have the ability to view all research statistics pertaining to a given institution. This will be a detail of all their completed articles, available articles and projects, projects in progress and completed projects.

 

Attributes

All objects within the database will be defined by a specific set of attributes aimed to ensure efficiency in the use of the database.

Each user will be defined by the following attributes

                                             User
User Name This is a unique name that will identify each user
Picture A recent digital photograph of the user
Biography A short description of their educational and professional history
Social Media Links A list of all links to social media platforms employed by the user
Research Statistics An overview of all information pertaining to research conducted by the user

 

Research Statistics
Views & Shares A list of all articles a user has viewed and/or shared with other users
Categories Published All categories within which the user has had their articles published
Related Authors All authors with which the user has worked with
Tags Used All key words that have been used to tag their articles
Uploads All their article uploads in the past and present

 

Preferences
Make Public The option to make the article available to all people accessing the database
Make Private The option to limit access to the article to specific users
Article Type The option to select the general classification of the article
Article Title The option to define the article’s title
Article Category The option to select the general grouping of the article
Article Tags The option to define the key words used to search  the article
Article Description A short description of the articles contents
Add Links The option to add links to other forms of media related to the article

 

 

 

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