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====[[OpenStreetMap and ARK]]====
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Instructions on how to use OpenStreetmap as your mapping BaseLayer
Instructions on how to use OpenStreetmap as your mapping BaseLayer
====[[Google Maps and ARK]]====
Instructions on how to use Google Maps as your mapping BaseLayer

Revision as of 12:44, 27 October 2009


The administrator manual is aimed at people who are downloading and installing ARK. If you are struggling with installation or administration, you should consider contacting the ARK team to buy a preconfigured ARK. This would help support the project and make a contribution towards the ongoing development of the project.

Key Concepts


Information about the navigation tools used within ARK.

Basic Navigation
Subform Navigation


The different 'Views' of ARK.

Key Administration Concepts

An overview of the key administration concepts.

Settings Files
Forms Overview

Installation and Setup

Basic Installation

A description of the ARK installation process.

Installing ARK
Setup Windows server for ARK
Browse to ARK

Initial setup

Some things to consider when completing the initial setup of your ARK.

ARK Name
What to record?
What Subforms?

Database Tables

A list of the standard ARK tables, with a basic explanation for each.

ARK Customisation

This chapter will help the new ARK administrator who is comfortable with editing PHP configuration files through the setup of an ARK project. For a general overview of settings please see Settings Files.


A description of the env_settings.php file for three different operating systems.

Mapserver for Windows


Instructions on how to configure the field_settings.php file.

Obligatory Attributes
Class Specific Settings
Event Fields


Instructions on how to configure module specific settings files.

Display Options
Custom Fields
Spatial Data
Data Entry Forms
Micro View
Data View
XMI View


The general settings for ARK.

Server Setup
Live Search
Search Engine
Document Type
Left Panel Configuration


A description of information found within the vd_settings.php file.


Subforms Overview

A general overview of ARK Subforms and their configuration.

Subform Requirements

The required fields for configuration of subforms.

Subform Options

Some optional subform fields generic to all modules and subform types.

Conditional Subforms

Conditional subforms is a more complex subform option that allows specific subforms to only be displayed if a set of pre-configured conditions are met

Subform Reference

A list of all the current subforms with example configurations.

Text Subforms
Number Subforms
Attribute Subforms
Spatial Subforms
Span Subforms
File Subforms
XMI Subforms
Complex Subforms
Other Subforms


Mapping Overview

Some general information about mapping in ARK.

Configuring the Mapfile

Instructions on how to configure the mapfile.

OpenStreetMap and ARK

Instructions on how to use OpenStreetmap as your mapping BaseLayer

Google Maps and ARK

Instructions on how to use Google Maps as your mapping BaseLayer


User Administration

Some tools for administering user accounts.

Address Book Administration

How to update the Address Book module.

Alias Administration

How to add aliases to the database.

Markup Administration

How to add markup to the database.

Exporting Data

Some basic tips for exporting data.

Importing Data

Information about the ongoing development of import tools.

Custom Configuration

The following are examples of custom configurations and may be specific to previous installations of ARK. Only use these for reference if you are upgrading from development code prior to the v0.6 release. Please contact the ARK Development Team for more information on any of the following.


Configuring file registration

Configuring the Mapping