Author:Étienne Loks
Copyright:CC-BY 3.0

This document presents the first steps to configure your Chimère. It has been updated for version 2.0.0.

Your session has to be initialised with these environment variables in the Command Line Interface:

CHIMERE_PATH=/srv/chimere # change with your installation path
CHIMERE_LOCALNAME=mychimere # change with your local project name

Once the application installed, there are a few simple steps to follow to configure your Chimère.

Most of these steps are done in the web administration pages.

If you are not familiar with Django-like administration pages you can look at the first paragraph of Administration where it is presented.

To access these pages you have to identify with an account with staff and superuser status.

A superuser account is created at the initialization of the database.

Managing areas

An Area is the base of your map. It defines:

  • a name: a human readable label for this area,
  • an associated URN (not mandatory): the name of the area as a web ressource. In practice, if the area is not the default area the URN is used at the end of the default URL to access to this area. This is not mandatory but necessary for each area that is not the default one,
  • a welcome message (not mandatory): this message is displayed once a day per user arriving on the map,
  • an order (to sort areas),
  • an availability,
  • a “default” state. The “default” area is viewed by default. Only one area can be the default: activating this state disables it on the possible other area with a default state,
  • default checked categories (not mandatory),
  • if categories are displayed dynamically. If dynamically is set, the end user only views categories which have items on the map section he is currently looking at,
  • categories restriction (not mandatory): if no restriction is set all categories are available,
  • an external CSS file (not mandatory): an URL to an external CSS file,
  • restriction on the bounding box: if set to restricted, the end user can’t pan outside the defined bounding box. Due to technical reasons of OpenLayers, there is at this time no restriction on the zoom,
  • a map bounding box: this is the area to display when arriving on the map. If the area is restricted it will be the bounding box that restricts the end user. Hold the control key, click and drag to draw the bounding box,
  • available layers (not mandatory: OSM Mapnik is used by default): OSM Mapnik render, OSM MapQuest render, OSM Transport Map render, OSM CycleMap are available by default. You can add new custom layers (cf. Managing layers).

Areas are customizable directly on the web administration interface in Chimere > Areas.

As there is little chance that the default area should be appropriated for you, you’ll have to set at least one default area.

Adding many areas can be a mean to show your map in different flavors.

Managing users

If you are not the only administrator/moderator of this Chimère installation you have to create and manage account for the other users.

You can create a new superuser account with the Command Line Interface (CLI):

./ createsuperuser

User password can be changed with the CLI (useful if you have forgotten your password):

./ changepassword username

Users are customizable directly on the web administration interface in Auth/User.

To create a new account, simply click on the Add button near Users. Give a name and a default password (the user can change it on his own later).

Then complete the other pieces of information.

Check the case: Staff status (or this user will not be able to log to the administration website).

If this account is a new technical administrator, check Superuser status (this user must be trustworthy!). Otherwise you’ll have to give permissions to this new user. It is easier not to add permission manually but to make this user a member of a group.

Two types of default group are proposed: application administrator and moderator.

Moderator are limited to an Area (they only see items that are inside the bounding box). If a moderator manages many areas you’ll have to select many groups.

Detail of rights for default groups:

Item (add/modify/delete on) Technical administrator Application administrator Moderator
User yes no no
Group yes no no
Property model yes no no
Import yes no no
Layer yes no no
News yes yes no
Area yes yes no
Icon yes yes no
Color/Color theme yes yes no
Category/Subcategory yes yes no
Point Of Interest yes yes yes
Route yes yes yes

Creating property models

A basic installation of Chimère permits to associate a name, a category, a description, dates, multimedia files, picture files, etc. for each geographic item.

You may want to add more custom fields like phone number or opening hours. For that all you have to do is to add a new property model (Chimere/Property model).

The administration page asks you for:

  • a name,
  • an order (to sort properties),
  • an availability to the end user (this can be used to set hidden properties),
  • a mandatory status,
  • the categories the property applies to (if no categories selected it applies to all),
  • the type: text, long text, password or date.

To make this property available it is necessary to reload your web server (the property is cached).

All forms are then automatically updated with this new field.

If you don’t want to allow add and modification of properties you can disable this form by setting CHIMERE_HIDE_PROPERTYMODEL to True in your file.