The administrative interface, “Admin Home,” contains several options. When there are no finding aids in the eXist collection the screen appears as in the screenshot below:
The file manager section provides the user with two options:
The “Create Guide” link directs the user to the XForms web form for creating the “core” of the EAD finding aid, i. e., the EAD header, Front Matter, and Archival Description. Top-level components may be inserted into the Description of Subordinate Components (dsc), but components are edited in a component-specific XForms web form which looks and functions similarly to the core form. The separation of the core and components into two forms is for scalability.
The “Upload Guide” option directs the user to a page that enables uploading of EAD 2002-compliant finding aids from the “wild,” i. e., guides that may have been created manually or by other applications (like Archon or Archivists' Toolkit). Visit the Upload Guide page for more information.
“Modify EADitor Settings” directs the user to a page when enables the user to modify EADitor's configuration XML file (stored in eXist). The “Edit Templates” page enables the user to set the templates for the EAD core or components. This includes adding required elements and setting boilerplate values (institutional addresses in the EAD header, for example). Other templates available for editing are container types and agencies/agency codes, which are used as values in drop down menus within the EAD web form. The publication controls appear in the Options list after finding aids have been added to the eXist database.
Once finding aids have been created or uploaded into the eXist collection, they will be indexed into the solr-unpublished Solr core for expedient searching in display under the List of Guides heading. Twenty finding aids are displayed in a table per page, pictured below:
The file list is driven by Solr, and the value in the search box is thus a Solr/Lucene query. Fulltext search is possible, as is searching by facet. The table has five columns.