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Using the MDCS

Once the system is installed, configured, and operational, it may be used by several types of general users. Each class of users is allowed access to certain functionality.

User Types

The restrictions applied to each class of users also determine what portions of the interface may be accessed.

The user interface is organized as follows:

  1. Non-administrative pages are organized with a navigation bar, body, and footer, each of which contains certain functionality.
  2. Site-administrative pages are organized around a vertical side-bar on the left of the page.
  3. Super-user pages are organized with functionality focused more towards the center of the page.


Understanding that there are different user types which have different levels of access to system functionality leads us gently to the topics of:

  1. Users,
  2. Groups,
  3. Permissions, and
  4. Workspaces.

These concepts provide the basis for organizing and restricting access to data and functionality for individual users or groups of users according to how they are allowed to use the system.

The ways in which a given user is allowed to access and use the system may be based upon their role in helping to carry out particular workflows on the system.

Organizing Access Control