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Web-Enabled Interface for iRODS: Comparing Hydroshare and Metalnx

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Technical Report

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Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.) Vicksburg United States

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The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System iRODS software provides ample resources for managing data and collections thereof, but there are occasions where utilizing its command line interface CLI is impractical or not desirable. One such example is when it is required that the user authenticate using a common access card CAC, which is more easily accomplished through a graphical user interface GUI than through a CLI. Furthermore, restricting the system to only offering a CLI can alienate users who would normally be averse to using a system in such a way, and there are users who are not averse to utilizing a CLI, but who would still benefit from a GUI until they are able to familiarize themselves with the iCommands provided by iRODS. Thus, it becomes imperative to either implement or utilize an existing GUI for the system.

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