Getting Started

This section provides a step-by-step guide for getting started in Almagest. Click on the links provided for more in-depth explanations of how to perform the specified tasks.

  1. First Things First
  2. Exploring Almagest
    1. Search for Records
    2. View Project Lectures
  3. Contributing to Almagest (Project Editors Only)
    1. Add Data to a Project
    2. Edit Data in a Project
    3. Link Data to Records within a Project
    4. Delete Data from Almagest
    5. Create a Lecture
  4. Other Useful Tasks
    1. Logging on to Almagest
    2. Using Reference Tools
    3. Getting Help

First Things First

Note: * denotes steps that are one-time start-up tasks. All other steps are done every time you use Almagest.

  1. Using your web browser, go to the Almagest URL: URL WILL SHOW HERE.

  2. * Make sure that your web browser is properly configured to allow Almagest pop-ups and scripting.
    See either:
    Supported Browsers and Settings (Windows)
    Supported Browsers and Settings (Mac)

  3. Select a project from the Project List. The Project splash page opens.
    NOTE: If you would like to create a new project, please contact the Almagest Administrator.
    Almagest requires that you select a project prior to accessing any other system features. You can always get back to this Project List by clicking on the Select Project button at the top of the page.

  4. * Set Almagest Preferences
    Almagest preferences settings enable you to control the display of the Search Summary page, the number of items that display per page in the main Search Results list, and the availability of editing tools on the Search Result List and Image Object List pages.


Exploring Almagest

  1. Search for Records

    1. From the Explore section in the menu on the left, select Search and then select the type of data for which you are searching (e.g. Images). (More on searching...)
      Note: Certain projects require that users log on before viewing items within the project.

    2. Enter search criteria in the data-specific fields, or leave the fields blank to search all records.

    3. Click the Search button to initiate the search for data.

    4. The results will display in list format. To view more details about the search result items, click on any links provided for that item. (More on search results...)


  2. View Project Lectures

    1. From the Explore section in the menu on the left, select View Lectures. (More on displaying lectures...)
      Note: Certain projects require that users log on before viewing items within the project.

    2. Select the lecture you want to view from the Lecture list.

    3. Verify the Display Mode and Scroller Mode

    4. Click the Show the Lecture(s) button to display the lecture.

    5. Navigate through the lecture using the navigation bar controls or shortcut keys. (More on navigating lectures...)



Contributing to Almagest (Project Editors Only)

  1. Add Data to a Project

    1. Log on to Almagest.

    2. From the Contribute section in the menu on the left, select Manage Data. (More on adding data...)

    3. Select the type of data you want to add and click the Go button.

    4. Enter the appropriate information into the fields provided.
      You may not see all of the fields you are looking for in this data form. Additional fields may be "linked" to the current data record in a separate Link Data step.
      Also note that the text you provide in the data fields helps users locate your record when searching.


    5. Click the Create Record button to commit your data to the Almagest database.


  2. Edit Data in a Project

    1. Log on to Almagest.

    2. Search for the data that you want to edit. (Search Steps)

    3. Click the Edit   button. (More on editing data...)

    4. Update the appropriate fields and click Update Record.
      You may not see all of the fields you are looking for in this data form. Additional fields may be "linked" to the current data record in a separate Link Data step.
      Also note that the text you provide in the data fields helps users locate your record when searching.



  3. Link Data to Records within a Project

    1. Log on to Almagest.

    2. Search for the data that you want to edit. (Search Steps)

    3. Click the Edit   button. (More on editing data...)

    4. Click on the Back To Display button at the bottom of the screen.

    5. If you do not see the Link  button or any link icons on the display page, click on the Edit  button.

    6. Click on the Link   button for a data element or at the top of the page.

    7. Search for the record to link and link the record. (More on linking data...)


  4. Delete Data from Almagest

    1. Log on to Almagest.

    2. Search for the data that you want to delete. (Search Steps)

    3. Click the Edit   button. (More on editing data...)

    4. Click on the Back To Display button at the bottom of the screen.

    5. From the display page, remove any links to other records by clicking the unlink icons. All links must be removed before deleting the record.

    6. If you do not see the Delete   button on the display page, click on the Edit   button.

    7. Click the Delete  button.

    8. Upon successful deletion, you will be returned to the Search page. If deletion fails, be sure to verify that this item is not linked to any other item or included in any lecture within all of Almagest.


  5. Create a Lecture

    1. Log on to Almagest.

    2. From the Contribute section in the side menu, select Lecture Builder. The Lecture Builder tool will open in a separate window, and the Manage Lectures page will be displayed. This page provides a file management view of the lectures created for your course (project).

    3. To create a new lecture, click the Create New Lecture icon in the toolbar of the Manage Lectures page. (More on creating lectures...)

    4. You are prompted to set the properties for your lecture.

    5. Click the Create New button to create the lecture.



Other Useful Tasks

  1. Logging on to Almagest

    • When prompted to log on (or when you click the Log On button), enter your Almagest user ID and password.


  2. Using Reference Tools

    • The Reference Tools page (found in the Tools section in the menu on the left) provides links to authority lists and external asset repositories. This information is useful primarily when adding data to Almagest.


  3. Getting Help

    • The Almagest online help system was designed to provide context-sensitive help. If you need help on particular page within Almagest, click the Help icon in the Almagest header.