Client & WebDav

If you are using the recommended XML database eXist (which also is bundled up with the registry), then you may like to know you can get right into the database. The XML database eXist provides you with a WebStartable client allowing you to login in via a GUI and perform numerous amounts of tasks such as changing usernames, backups, reindex, xquery, add/remove everything possible to manipulate the database. Also it supports WebDav which allows you to connect various Applications like XMLSpy or Oxygen, as well as your typical File Manager normally support WebDav meaning you can view the whole database just like any other network drive on your system. Below is the information to get you connected as well as some hints.

Requirements

The Client

You can launch a web start client go to
eXist
and click on the 'Launch' button on the left hand side to start a client and follow the options below:
By default the username is "admin" password is empty
Type: Remote
URL: xmldb:exist://{host}:{port}/{context}/xmlrpc
Sample URL for embedded:
URL: xmldb:exist://registry.astrogrid.org/astrogrid-registry/xmlrpc
or most likely this:
URL: xmldb:exist://msslkz.mssl.ucl.ac.uk:80/helio_registry/xmlrpc
Sample url for external:
URL: xmldb:exist://mssl.ucl.ac.uk:6080/xmlrpc
The external eXist if downloaded is by default on port 8080, but if you download the external zip file this software gives you which has a few of the settings already set then default is 6080 port. This is all you need to know to get into the database and try reindexing, xqueries, backups, setting up users and other. Do read the next 2 important notes:
Other Documentation

WebDAV

WebDav can be used with your database to map your database like a regular network drive, where by you can edit, delete, add various content. Several popular apps that may interest you to connect via WebDav are XMLSpy and Oxygen allowing you to get a more easy interface to the xml documents. All of this can be setup and is explained on the following link:
eXist WebDav Doc
N.B. Many XML Registry Resources will not have the schemaLocation stored in the database XML. Which means for validation and to make an easy to use interface with Oxygen or XMLSpy you will need to set the schemalocation yourself. Down below are a list of various places to obtain the schemaLocation.

Sample Schema Location Places
The schemaLocations below can be found at:
http://software.astrogrid.org
ex: http://software.astrogrid.org/schema/vo-resource-types/VOResource/v1.0/VOResource.xsd
or your local registry at:
http://{yourhost}:{yourport}/{registry context}
ex: http://msslkz.mssl.ucl.ac.uk:80/helio_registry/schema/vo-resource-types/VOResource/v1.0/VOResource.xsd
---
/schema/vo-resource-types/VOResource/v1.0/VOResource.xsd 1.0 schemas.
/schema/vo-resource-types/VOResource/v1.0/VOResource.xsd
/schema/vo-resource-types/VORegistry/v1.0/VORegistry.xsd
/schema/vo-resource-types/VODataService/v1.0/VODataService.xsd
/schema/vo-resource-types/ConeSearch/v1.0/ConeSearch.xsd
/schema/vo-resource-types/SIA/v1.0/SIA.xsd
/schema/registry/RegistryUpdate/v1.0/RegistryDBStore.xsd
At the time of this writing these schemas were not published:
/schema/vo-resource-types/OpenSkyNode/v1.0/OpenSkyNode.xsd
/schema/vo-resource-types/CEAService/v1.0/CEAService.xsd