Register Properties

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Continued from: User Management Step-by-Step

Next Step: Register an Element Set (Properties) or a Value Vocabulary (Concepts)

To Register Concepts, see:

Step 3a: Register Properties

A set of properties (also called an Element Set or an Element Vocabulary) starts with a description of the set or vocabulary. Once the Agent has been registered, a new vocabulary form can be invoked by clicking on the (Add) link after Element Sets link on the right hand browse menu (note that the (Add) portion will not appear if the user is not logged in, and clicking on the Element Sets link will produce a link of already registered Element Sets). A basic template allowing a description of an Element Set will appear, divided into sections. In general, users should tab through the form to take best advantage of the Registry defaults.


User is provided with a drop-down list of all the agents for which the user is enabled to act. The user must choose one to be the owner of the vocabulary.
The label is a human-readable descriptive label for the element set as a whole. This text will be displayed in lists of element sets and should be optimized for a human reader, preferably without combined words or camel case.


The user provides here unique token representing this particular element set. This will be used as the prefix identifying this URI in RDF or a qname in XML. This name should be terse and contain no spaces. Camel case is preferred.
The URI assigned to this element set. By default this will be a concatenation of the Registry default domain and the element set Name. If another domain is desired for the Element Set and its individual properties, the desired namespace must be entered here manually, overriding the normal Registry default. The namespace designated here will then become the default for the registration of individual properties later on in the workflow.


A non-Registry URL that contains more information about this element set. This information is optional, but useful, if the vocabulary already has a presence on the web.
A note about this element set. This is optional, and may contain any information that may be relevant to users of the vocabulary.
In this space may be entered free text tags identifying communities of practice for which this element set is intended. At present, it is not possible to use these tags to search for related vocabularies, but this functionality will be added later.


The drop down menu supplies a status that will serve as a default status for the properties of this element set as they are created. Once a vocabulary is registered, the statuses of individual properties must be changed individually--a change made to the vocabulary as a whole will not proliferate throughout the vocabulary. This allows each property to be maintained separately as part of a vocabulary development process.
The drop down menu supplies a default language for the properties of this element set as the properties are created. When desired, individual property statements can be overridden with a non-default language, providing the capability for a multilingual property vocabulary.

When the desired parts of the form are filled in, the user should click on the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.