User roles

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Your user account in ICA-AtoM is tied to one of five user roles, each representing a different level of access to the system. Administrators can add and modify user roles: see manage user accounts and edit permissions.


A researcher is any user who is not logged in and therefore has view-only access to the application. A researcher can search and browse descriptions (published archival descriptions, authority records, archival institutions)


By default a contributor can search, browse, create, edit/update, view draft and export descriptions. The contributor cannot change the publication status of an information object. A contributor can access the reference and master digital object.


By default an editor can search, browse, create, edit/update, view draft, delete and export descriptions and edit controlled vocabulary terms. An editor can also change the publication status of an information object. An editor can access the reference and the master digital object.


A translator can search and browse published descriptions and can translate user interface elements and database content.

A translator should be able to view draft descriptions, but not edit them. This is a known issue - see: issue 1718 issue 2331


An administrator can import, export, create, read, update, publish and delete any record in the system, can customize application to institution specific requirements, and can manage user accounts and profiles.

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