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Configure Reporting


This document is in DRAFT.


Reporting is a feature that has been available since ReDBox 1.6. It provides the ability to create simple queries and export data as CSVs for use in your preferred Business Intelligence Tool as well as a dashboard that provides charts to provide a snapshot of the system.

Key files and folders

  • home/system-config.json


1. Enable reports

First step is to Enable reports. What this does is enable the menu items for reporting in the admin menu (admin role required).
In system config simply add:
"redbox-reports": {
        "enabled": "true"

2.  Set CSV output fields

Next we need to specify what CSV output fields we wish to have and their corresponding header labels. You can find a relatively comprehensive list of them in the system-config.json in our local curation demo institutional build.

Here's some sample configuration below ("field-name" is the solr index property name and "label" is what you would like your CSV header label to be called):
"redbox-reports": {
        "enabled": "true",
        "csv-output-fields": [
                "field-name": "id",
                "label": "ReDBox ID"
                "field-name": "dc_title",
                "label": "Title"

3. Ensure services are configured for Statistical Reports

The next required step is to make sure you have the copied the services section of the system-config.json in the local-curation demo institutional build. Without this, you will not be able to create/save/update reports or perform statistical reports.

4. Configure charts

The final thing to ensure the reporting dashboard works is to add the chart configuration from the charts section of the system-config.json. It is possible to create your own custom charts (with some java coding and and understanding of JFreeChart) but it's out of scope for this document. Please post a request to the ReDBox Developers Google Group if this is something you'd like to have in your build.