Creating users and groups

The Browse module content is publicly accessible by anonymous users, the Create module, however, requires authentication to access.

That’s the reason why we must define users and user groups prior start working with the software.

Administrator login

The next steps will be performed on the Browse module and from an administrator account, the same that we would have defined during installation.

First, we will login by clicking on upper right menu bar Sign on to -> Browse module button.

Admin login

Admin login

You will be redirected to CAS (Central Authentication Service) page. On this page we will type and admin.password on its login form.

If we have any problems with our password, we can click on the Forgot your password? link to reset it. After that, the Browse module navigation bar will change and a link to the Create module will appear on the right upper corner.


You cannot access the Create module directly from an admin account, you need to create a user account to get access through it

On the options on upper right menu bar we will click on Administer.

Admin administer

Admin administer

The menu bar will change to administrator mode and more options will be accessible. When clicking on Access control, three options will be displayed, we will use these two:

  • Groups: To build groups of users.
  • E-People: To create, modify and delete ioChem-BD users


Prior creating users, it is advised to create the user groups and the publication endpoints, those information will be used during user creation.

Otherwise you can use Batch generation using .csv format procedure to create all of them in one single operation.

Creating groups

User groups are logical associations of users, we can gather them by research group, team leader, or even create a default group with all users inside it.

Users can belong to multiple groups, but in this case they must also have a default main group defined.

To create a group, click on Access control and then on Groups menu button. On the next form we will click on Create group.

Admin create group form

On the next form we will:

  • Set group name and
  • assign users to group (we can do this at any time later)

then click on Update group button, the group will be created.

Admin assign group users form

Admin assign group users form

Creating users

Administrator has two mechanisms to generate user accounts:

It is advised to use batch generation mechanism initially to speed up account generation. After that, adding new users can be done with either manual or batch mechanism.

Batch generation using .csv format

We can use this webpage to speed up user and group generation.

It will take as input a group of csv formatted lines and process it, performing automatically:

  • User creation (with automatic username generation)
  • User group creation (if the provided group name doesn’t exist)
  • Publication endpoint generation (if option is checked)
  • Send password reset email to all new users (if option is checked)

We will focus on the Access control menu. When clicking on it, three options will be displayed, we will pick on first one, E-People. From Administer EPerson page we will click on the Add multiple E-Person (csv)… button:

Admin create user form

Admin create user form

Next page will display a large textarea where we will paste the list of users to generate.

Pasted text must follow this rules:

  • All fields must have a value
  • All fields must be delimited by semicolons ;
  • Don’t need to use double quotes on text fields, even if they contain white spaces
  • You can’t use diacritics and symbols on user first and last name and also on user’s group name.
Admin create user via batch process

Admin create user via batch process

Every line will contain all information about a single user. It will appear in this order:

  1. User email
  2. User first name
  3. User last name
  4. User group (the group of users where he/she will belong to)

The user group field is used to easily build user groups, so users with same user group field will be included in that group. Example:;Moisés;Álvarez Moreno;Carles Bo group;Joan;Prats Rubio;Carles Bo group;Miguel;Pérez Álvarez;Carles Bo group;Jose;Bel Ortiz;Nuria López group;Núria;Colet Serrano;Nuria López group

So if we use this lines, ioChem-BD will generate five users and two groups of users:

  • Carles Bo group : with users Moises, Joan and Miguel
  • Núria Lopez group : with users Jose and Núria

In this case we have named our user groups with the name of the group leader but you can use other naming convention as can be the group research type or whatever that suit your needs.


If the user groups already exists and you only want to append the new users to it, please set the names of the groups equals to the existing ones. Different group names will generate new user groups and a new publishing communities.


You can check group names on top of the same page.


There are two checkbox options at the bottom of this page that will help on other side aspects of user generation process.

Admin create user options

Admin create user options

First one is labeled Generate publishing communities for each user group and assign created users to it. It will help us on defining publishing endpoints on Browse module.

If it is checked, the process will also generate a community with the name of the user group where our new users can publish their content into Browse module.

Last option is labeled Send reset password email to generated users. If checked, it will send a reset password email to all newly created users, so they can set their account password to start using ioChem-BD software.

Finally, a textarea will appear with a resume of all unprocessed lines, displaying the reason why they failed. So its administrator duty to correct such lines and create those users again (only the wrong ones).

Admin create users via csv, error resume

Admin create users via csv, error resume

Using previous example lines would generate two publishing communities called Carles Bo group and Núria Lopez group.

Admin automatically generated publishing communities

Admin automatically generated publishing communities

In case you need a more complex publishing structure please uncheck this option and read carefully Publishing endpoints definition page.

Manual generation using web forms

From Administer EPerson page we will click on the Add E-Person… button: Admin create user form On the next form we will :

  • check can log in
  • set the user’s e-mail on E-mail textbox
  • add additional user information
  • Assign the user groups the current user belongs to

This is an example of a user account creation:

Admin create user

Admin create user

Finally we click on the Reset password’ button, the user will then be saved in the database and a reset password link will be sent to the user’s e-mail.