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Research Vocabularies Australia Other Service Updates

See also the page Research Vocabularies Australia Changelog, which covers changes made to RVA's Portal and Registry software.

This page covers other user-visible changes made to the RVA service, for example, changes to configuration and to the content hosted on the demo or production servers.

15 August 2023 (demo), 22 August 2023 (production)

(Enhancement) Portal: remove Facebook login option

The Portal provides several login options, including using a Facebook account. Due to recent changes to Facebook policy, ARDC is currently unable to offer the Facebook login option. The option has been removed from the Portal’s Login page. (There is no timeframe for restoring this function.)

4 July 2023 (demo), 11 July 2023 (production)

(Enhancement) Linked Data API: add shortname for url property

The Linked Data API (a.k.a. SISSVoc and Elda) pages for a resource now uses the shortname schemaUrl for the property On HTML pages, the shortname is displayed as schema url. This change applies only to content published subsequent to the deployment of this change. (For content published before this change, the property is shown with the automatically-generated shortname url_2985.) For further information about shortnames, please refer to the Elda reference documentation at

6 June 2023 (production)

(Enhancement) First deployment of Community Lens Finding Aid content

This change applies to the production service only.

The production service has a new Community Lens Finding Aid added, accessible via a new top-level "COMMUNITY LENSES" menu. This is the first step in providing guidance to users to assist them in finding vocabularies of interest within particular research domains. The initial release includes content in the domain of environmental and earth sciences.

The demo service already offers this Community Lens Finding Aid content.

2 May 2023 (demo), 9 May 2023 (production)

(Enhancement) Apache HTTP Server configuration and deployment processes: cache CMS tooltip content locally

This change applies to both the demo and production service.

The Portal's vocabulary add/edit page, known as the CMS page, has a number of entry fields for which help is available as a tooltip, the content of which is displayed by hovering over the (info) icon in the field's label. The content of these tooltips has previously been loaded from this documentation server. Going forward, the content is cached locally with the Portal. This enables the tooltip content to remain accessible during outages of the documentation server.

4 April 2023 (demo)

(Fix defect) Registry configuration and some existing vocabularies: change demo endpoint URLs from http://... to https://...

This change is applicable to the demo server ( only, and not to the production service

As part of the general migration of server hostnames from ANDS-branding to ARDC-branding, in January 2020 we performed a migration of demo RVA that not only changed the URL of the "front door" from "" to "", but that also included the intention of moving away from the use of all URLs beginning http://... to https://... . And the intention pretty much became reality in this sense: all URLs beginning do now immediately return a redirect response to the equivalent URL beginning https://... . And the https-based URLs work correctly. Unfortunately, the migration process was incomplete: on vocabulary view pages we continue to advertise some http://-based URLs, but they don't now always work correctly in all contexts.

This error applies particularly to the URLs of SPARQL endpoints and Linked Data API endpoints created between January 2020 and the present.

During the migration window, the advertised URLs of SPARQL endpoints and Linked Data API endpoints was rewritten to use "https" instead of "http", and the default for newly-created endpoints has been changed to "https".

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