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    {{{http://drupal.org}Drupal}} is an open source 
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    {{{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_content_management_system}content managent system}}
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    which can be expanded, builded and custimized by developing modules and themes.
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    <<CDM Dataportal module>> is a drupal module developed for supporting the front end or presentation layer of the 
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    {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/cdm-server/}EDIT CDM Server}}.
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    It allows taxonomist to look up for taxa, search taxa and other features. Besides 
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    the CDM Dataportal module there are several <<drupal themes>>
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    which personalized the layout (colours, images and others) of the CDM Dataportal module results.
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    On this basis, it can be possible, for example, to have two different taxonomy collections whith differents selected looks
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    thanks to the different drupal themes (each one per collection). However both collections will have the same features (such
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    taxa search) thanks to the CDM Dataportal module.
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    More documentation about the CDM (Common Data Library) where the CDM dataportal belongs could be found at the following locations:
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    * {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/cdmlib/}CDM Library}}
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    * {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/taxeditor/}Taxonomic Editor}}
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    * {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/cdm-server/}CDM Server}}
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    * {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/printpublisher/}Print Publisher}}
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    * {{{http://wp5.e-taxonomy.eu/cdm-setups/}CDM Setups}}
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Drupal module and theme activation
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    To activate the datataportal module go to 
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    <Administer-\>Site building-\>Modules>
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    and at the CDM section select the modules CDM API, CDM Dataportal and CDM Taxon Tree. The other two 
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    modules are optional.
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    To change your default theme just navigate to      
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    <Administer-\>Site building-\>Themes>
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    where you can select your default theme as well as configured it. 
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CDM Dataportal Settings
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    If you are using the CDM Dataportal module, you will need to configure it in order to make it run. Here you will find how to
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    explore and configure the module.
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    First step to configure the module is making sure your user has access to the settings options of CDM Dataportal module.
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    You can find the configurations options under <Administer-\>Site Configuration-\>CDM Dataportal>. Once you are in the
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    configuration site you will see four different sections:
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*General
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    Drupal's CDM Dataportal module dialogues with the <CDM Server> asking for taxa data 
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   	and classification of taxa. The first thing the <CDM Dataportal module> needs to know
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   	is where is the CDM Server located in order to access it. Such parameters are configurable
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    via the general tag of the settings.
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    The general settings has enough documentation that explains itself. However the same
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    documentation with some extra details is avaible
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    <a href="./?q=admin/help/cdm_dataportal_general" title="General">here</a>
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    as one html site. If you prefer to go directly to the general settings just click 
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    <Administer-\>Site Configuration-\>CDM Dataportal>
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*Geo & Map
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    As with <CDM Server>, CDM Dataportal module also dialogues with a Map Server to 
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    generate all the maps displayed on your web site. Again the module needs to know where
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    the map server is located and this parameter as well as others related with the maps
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    appaerance like map legends, map size, map background ... are configurable via
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    {{{./?q=admin/settings/cdm_dataportal/geo}Geo & Map settings}}.
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    This configuration site also explain all the configurable options itself. Same documentation with some extra details is avaible
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    <a href="./?q=admin/help/cdm_dataportal_geo" title="Geo & Map">here</a> as one html site.
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    you will find the settings for configuring the layout issues such pictures size or
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    <a target="_blank" href="./?q=admin/settings/cdm_dataportal/layout/taxon">Taxon Layout Settings</a>,
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    <Administer-\>Site Configuration-\>CDM Dataportal-\>Layout-\>Search> and
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*Cache
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    It is possible to increase the portal time response when serving taxa sites. The mechanism 
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    is quite simple. It works caching all taxa sites available in your portal in a way that when
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    a user wants to visit new taxa, the module will not create the new taxon site from scratch.
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    <a href="./?q=admin/help/cdm_dataportal_cache.html" title="Cache">Here</a>
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