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Configuring External Assets

This section provides an overview of external assets and discusses how to use the External Asset Types component (EPX_COMP_TYPE) to:

Pages Used to Configure External Assets

Page Name

Definition Name

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Usage

Define External Asset Type

EPX_COMP_TYPE

select Portal Administration, then select Resource Finder, then select Core Objects, then select External Asset Types, then select Define External Asset Type

Define external assets. Assign attributes to external assets that determine the external asset details that appear on participant profiles.

You must already have defined these attributes on the Define Attribute page.

Attribute View Details

EPX_ATT_VW_DETAIL2

select Portal Administration, then select Resource Finder, then select Core Objects, then select External Asset Types, then select Define External Asset Type

Click the View Details link on the Define External Asset Type page.

View attribute details to verify that you have selected the intended attribute.

Define External Asset Type - Delete Confirmation

EO_PE_DEL_CONFIRM

select Portal Administration, then select Resource Finder, then select Core Objects, then select External Asset Types, then select Define External Asset Type

Click the Delete this External Asset Type ID button on the Define External Asset Type page.

Confirm or cancel your selected deletion.

Understanding External Assets

External assets are abstract, lightweight references to business entities within integrating applications, such as publications and training courses.

When you assign attributes such as DOCUMENT_TITLE and DOCUMENT_OWNER to a CM_DOC external asset type on the Define External Asset Type page, you set up Resource Finder to expect this metadata to be loaded for the external asset by way of the PeopleSoft Integration Broker transformation.

External assets can have two types of attributes: descriptive and associative. Use descriptive attributes to identify the external asset in search results or participant profiles, for example. Use associative attributes to derive associations between the external assets and participants by comparing the external asset attributes with participant attributes, for example.

The attributes that are associated with external assets serve several purposes. They provide search parameters and search result attributes when authorized users use search prompt pages to select additional external assets to reference profiles. This search option is available only to users with authority to modify participant profiles by making a specific association between the authorized user and an external asset.

Resource Finder relates external assets to participants by matching external asset attribute metadata to a participant's name. These relationships may result in a collection of external asset documents that are authored by a participant, as well as a set of documents of which the participant is the subject.

The external asset that is used as an example at the beginning of the section appears in the following way on a participant profile:

Title

Author

Publish Date

This is the document name that is provided by the source system. This title may be linked to a URL for the asset when it is stored in the source system.

This is the author's name that is provided by the source system. This could be a participant reference attribute, which would function as if it were assigned to an employee participant, for example.

This is the publication date that is supplied in the metadata that is provided by the source system.

External asset data that is supplied in the PeopleSoft Integration Broker transformation may include a URL for the asset in the source system, along with attribute data meeting requirements that you have defined for the external asset type. External asset data loads are handled entirely by the PeopleSoft Integration Broker transformation process.

The external asset source system is responsible for providing the URL that is necessary to locate and open the document. You can configure Resource Finder to provide user ID and password information for users accessing data in the source system. This transaction honors any security that Resource Finder can detect in the source system.

The URLs that point to source systems are formatted by source-specific integration codes. Authenticated Resource Finder users have authentication tokens (PSTOKEN) buffered in in-memory cookies in their current HTTP sessions that can be used to authenticate them on source systems.

See Describing Message Transformations.

Define External Asset Type Page

Access the Define External Asset Type page (select select Portal Administration, then select Resource Finder, then select Core Objects, then select External Asset Types, then select Define External Asset Type).

Image: Define External Asset Type page

The following screenshot is an example of Define External Asset Type page. This example explains about configure settings that define the way external asset information is displayed on participant profiles and in search results pages.

Define External Asset Type page

Select Attributes

Attribute View Details Page

Access the Attribute View Details page (select select Portal Administration, then select Resource Finder, then select Core Objects, then select External Asset Types, then select Define External Asset Type; click theView Details link on the Define External Asset Type page).

Image: Attribute View Details page

The following screenshot is an example of Viewing Attribute Details page.

Attribute View Details page

Note: Access the Define Attribute Type component to modify attribute information.

See Configuring Attributes.