[ALA-Portal] [ala-portal] Purpose of generic repositories

Alex Melbourne a.melbourne at kew.org
Fri Oct 8 16:11:30 UTC 2021


I'm working on an attempt to deploy a living atlas at Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew and I have some confusion around the use cases of the
repositories that are prefixed with `generic'.

As part of the demo deployment that can be installed via Ansible the
collectory component is the one run by the mainline Atlas of Living


However, if you leave the variable undefined then it ends up being assigned
the name of the generic version.

        artifactId: "{{ collectory_app | default('generic-collectory') }}"

Looking at this repository it seem almost identicial but not the same.


In the case of the collectory, my understanding is that the actual work is
done with a plugin that both packages make use of so aside from it being a
little behind there isn't a vast difference between the generic package and
the... official (for lack of a better term) one.

Is there some advice on which should be modified in a new deployment?  The
NBN Atlas has only forked `ala-collectory' but the atlas that's part of the
Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure (SBDI) has forked both.

Does this advice generalise to other repositories listed as generic?


Lead Science App Developer
Digital Revolution
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


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