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The Islandora XACML Editor provides a graphical user interface to edit XACML policies for objects in a repository or collection. It adds a new tab to each collection called Child Policy and a tab to each item called Item Policy, where permissions can be set on a per User or per Role basis for:

  • Object Management: Controls who can set XACML policies for an object/collection.

  • Object Viewing: Controls who can view an object/collection.
  • Datastreams and MIME types: Controls who can view datastreams by DSID and MIME type.

Dependencies modules:


Install as usual, see this for further information.


Using the XACML Editor


Fedora Configuration

It may be desirable--and in fact necessary for some modules--to disable/remove ene of the default XACML policies which denies any interactions with the POLICY datastream to users without the "administrator" role.

This policy is located here: $FEDORA_HOME/data/fedora-xacml-policies/repository-policies/default/deny-policy-management-if-not-administrator.xml

Solr Searching Hook

In order to comply with XACML restrictions placed on objects, a hook is used to filter results that do not conform to a searching user's roles and name. This hook will not function correctly if the Solr fields for ViewableByUser and ViewableByRole are not defined correctly as they are set in the XSLT. These values can be set through the admin page for the module.


The XACML editor hooks into ingesting through the interface. When a child is added through the interface, the parent's POLICY will be applied if one exists.

If XACML policies are written or edited by hand, it may result in unexpected behaviour.


Having problems or solved a problem? Check out the Islandora google groups for a solution.

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