Service Registry 3 2005Q4 User's Guide

Searching the Registry

The Search and Explore links in the menu area allow you to search the Registry.

Using the Search Menu

Click Search in the menu area. The Search form opens. The form contains the following components:

Click Hide Search Form to close the Search form and clear the results area.

The next few sections describe how to use these components.

Selecting a Query

The Select Predefined Query drop-down list contains the items shown in Table 1–2.

Table 1–2 Predefined Queries

Query Name 

Search Purpose 

Basic Query 

The default generic query, which allows you to search by object type, name, description, and classification 

Basic Query - Case Sensitive 

Case-sensitive version of Basic Query 


Finds all objects owned (published) by the user who makes the query. May take a long time if the user owns many objects 


Finds the User object for the user who makes the query

The default selection is Basic Query. The following sections describe how to perform basic queries:

Use the FindAllMyObjects query to search for all the objects that you have published. Use the GetCallersUser query to view or modify data for the user you created when you registered.

Searching by Object Type

The simplest search is by object type only.

The default choice in the Object Type drop-down list is RegistryObject, which searches all objects in the Registry. To narrow the search, change the object type.

The ClassificationNode menu item lists concepts within ClassificationSchemes. ClassificationNode is a synonym for Concept.

ProcedureTo Search by Object Type

  1. Choose an object type from the Object Type drop-down list.

  2. Click the Search button.

    The search returns all objects of the specified type. You can narrow the search by specifying a name, description, or classification.

Searching by Name and Description

ProcedureTo Search by Name or Description

  1. From the Select Predefined Query drop-down list, select either Basic Query or Basic Query -- Case Sensitive.

  2. Type a string in the Name or Description field.

  3. Click Search.

    By default, the search looks for a name or description that matches the entire string that you typed. You can use wildcards to find a range of objects.

    The wildcard characters are percent (%) and underscore (_).

    The % wildcard matches multiple characters:

    • Type %off% to return names or descriptions that contain the string off, such as Coffee.

    • Type nor% to return names or descriptions that start with Nor or nor, such as North and northern.

    • Type %ica to return names or descriptions that end with ica, such as America.

    The underscore wildcard matches a single character. For example, the search string _us_ would match objects named Aus1 and Bus3.

Searching by Classification

Classification objects classify or categorize objects in the registry by using unique concepts (ClassificationNodes) that define valid values within a classification scheme. The classification scheme is the parent in a tree hierarchy that contains generations of child concepts. Table 1–3 describes the classification schemes provided by the Registry specifications. Many of the terms in this table are defined in the Registry specifications.

Table 1–3 Classification Scheme Usage

Classification Scheme Name 


Description or Purpose 



Defines the types of associations between RegistryObjects. Used as the value of the associationType attribute of an Association instance to describe the nature of the association.



Defines the types of content management services. Used in the configuration of a content management service, such as a validation or cataloging service. 



Defines the data types for attributes in classes defined by this document. Used as the value of the slotType attribute of a Slot instance to describe the data type of the Slot value.



Defines the values for the deletionScope attribute of the RemoveObjectsRequest protocol message.



Defines the types of email addresses. 



Defines the types of error handling models for content management services. 



Defines the different error severity types encountered by the Registry while processing protocol messages. 



Defines the types of events that can occur in a registry. 



Defines the different ways that a content management service can be invoked by the Registry. 



Defines the different ways in which a ClassificationScheme can assign the value of the code attribute for its ClassificationNode (Concept) objects.



Defines the different ways in which a client can be notified by the registry of an event within a Subscription.



Defines the different types of RegistryObjects a registry may support. 



Defines the types of telephone numbers. 



Defines the query languages supported by the Registry. 



Defines the different types of status for a RegistryResponse.



Defines the different types of status for a RegistryResponse.



Defines the groups that a user can belong to for access control purposes. 



Defines the roles that can be assigned to a user for access control purposes. 

In the menu area, the root of the ClassificationSchemes tree is below the Description field.

ProcedureTo Search by Classification

  1. Expand the root node to view the full list of classification schemes.

    The number in parentheses after each entry indicates how many concepts (ClassificationNode objects) the parent contains.

  2. Expand the node for the classification scheme you want to use.

  3. Expand concept nodes beneath the classification scheme until you find the leaf node by which you want to search. A leaf node is a node with no concepts beneath it.

  4. Select the leaf node.

  5. (Optional) Restrict the search by choosing an object type or specifying a name or description string.

  6. Click the Search button.

Viewing Search Results

Objects found by a search appear in the Registry Objects area.

The Registry Objects area consists of the following:

For ExtrinsicObject objects, the display has two additional columns: Content Version and Content Version Comment. These columns apply to the repository item for the ExtrinsicObject.

For two kinds of objects, the Version and VersionComment columns are replaced by other content:

ProcedureTo Use the Pin Feature

The Pin feature of the user interface allows you to hold one or more objects in the Registry Objects area while you search for other objects. You can then create a relationship between two objects. See Creating Relationships Between Objects for details on how to perform this task.

  1. Click Search and execute a query.

  2. In the Registry Objects area, select the Pin checkbox for the object or objects that you want to hold there.

  3. Execute another query.

    The pinned object(s) and the search results for the second query all appear in the Registry Objects area.

Next Steps

When you have finished using a pinned object, deselect the Pin checkbox for the object. When you execute another query, the object will not appear in the Registry Objects area.

Viewing Object Details

In the search results table, click the Details link for an object to open the Details area immediately below the Registry Objects area.

This section has a row of buttons and a row of tabs:

Table 1–4 Attribute Tabs in the Details Area

Tab Name 

Applies To 

Object_Type Detail

All objects (Object_Type is the object type name)


All objects 


All objects 

External Identifiers 

All objects 


All objects 

External Links 

All objects 

Audit Trail 

All objects 

Postal Addresses 

Organization, User 

Telephone Numbers 

Organization, User 

Email Addresses 

Organization, User 





Service Bindings 


Specification Links 



ClassificationScheme, ClassificationNode 

Registry Objects 


Affected Objects 


Click a tab to find out if the object has any values for the attribute. If it does, click the Details link for the attribute value to open a web browser window with the details for the attribute value.

The Audit Trail tab does not produce a table with a Details link. Instead, this tab produces a table that contains the following information:

For most objects, the Details area fields are as follows:

For many objects, the fields are largely self-explanatory (the postal addresses for an Organization, for example). For some objects, the fields require some explanation. The following sections describe these fields.

Viewing Association Details

The Details area for an Association object contains the following additional fields:

Viewing Classification Scheme Details

The Details area for a ClassificationScheme object contains the following additional fields:

Viewing Extrinsic Object Details

The Details area for an ExtrinsicObject object contains the following additional fields:

Viewing External Link Details

The Details area for an ExternalLink object contains a Display Content link under the External URI field. Click this link to view the contents of the URI in a browser window.

Using the Explore Menu

The Explore menu allows you to navigate through Registry and Repository content by using the metaphor of a hierarchy of file folders. The root folder, which is named root, contains all Registry content.

ProcedureTo Use the Explore Menu

  1. Click the Explore link.

  2. Expand the folder root. This folder contains two subfolders: userData, where all user content is placed, and ClassificationSchemes.

  3. Click a folder to view the registry objects of that type. Expand a node to view the object types at the next level.

Next Steps

When you have finished, click Hide Explorer to close the Explore menu and to clear the results area.

ProcedureTo Explore the Classification Schemes

  1. Click the ClassificationSchemes folder (not the node symbol).

    All the ClassificationScheme objects appear in the Registry Objects area. Follow the instructions in Viewing Search Results to view the objects.

  2. Expand the ClassificationSchemes node to open the ClassificationSchemes tree hierarchy in the menu area.

  3. Click any file icon to view that classification scheme in the Registry Objects area.

  4. Expand a classification scheme node to see the Concept folders beneath it.

    Not all classification schemes have concepts that are viewable in the Explore menu.

  5. Click a Concept folder to view that concept in the Registry Objects area.

ProcedureTo Explore the UserData Folder

  1. Expand the userData node.

  2. Expand the RegistryObject node. Do not click the folder unless you want to view all registry objects.

    The folder1 node has no content.

  3. Click a folder to view the registry objects of that type. Expand a node to view the object types at the next level.