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Getting Started

To get started, a reader should become informed about the essential functionality of the system and how to access that functionality through the interfaces provided by the system.

The essence of this platform is about structuring, accessing, and using data in a distributed, controllable, and configurable manner.

  1. DATA often exists in a variety of forms, locations, and formats.

  2. Getting data into such a platform is only the first step toward accessing, leveraging, and maintaining the knowledge of a community.

  3. In addition, one must be able to easily locate it, search it, and integrate it within their own applications.

These capabilities are provided in the MDCS.

This guide will focus on describing the user functionality via the web-based user interfaces.

Additional documentation will provide details regarding programmatic access via RESTful APIs.