Set up a Decentralized Account

As the Lab Administrator of your SoftMouse.NET Account, you can configure your SoftMouse.NET users so that each individual user can maintain their own separate data records and then give each other View Only or Edit ability to their records.

This type of decentralized environment is typically used in labs where lab members have their own projects with their own mouselines and only occasionally share mice with each other.


Here are the steps:

Step 1: Create your SoftMouse.NET user accounts

As a lab administrator of your SoftMouse.NET account, you can easily create new users as follows:

  1. Click the Home icon to go to the Administration section of the account
  2. Click My Users menu
  3. Click the "New User" button
  4. Fill in the form and click Submit --- an email with the new account information will be sent to the email address that you inputted into the New User form. 

Step 2: Confirm general access permissions

As the Lab administrator, you can decide the general access settings that each user has to each other's data. The options are: 

  1. View Only: where each user can view data owned by other users but cannot edit their data
  2. Edit: where each user will have full edit ability to data owned by other users
  3. Private: where each user will have access to their data alone and no access to data owned by others

You can set up this general access setting in the Lab Permissions menu:

  1. On the Permissions dropdown menu select General and Create Access
  2. In Step 1: select the desired permission from the drop down: View Only, Edit, Private
  3. Click Save at the bottom of the page

Step 3: Allow users to create records for each other if needed

If some lab members are collaborating on the same project and need to have the ability to create data records for each other, you can follow these steps:

  1. Still in the Lab Permissions menu, go to Step 2
  2. From the first drop down, select the user for who you want others to create records 
  3. In the list of users below, select Yes for the users who should be able to create records for the selected user above
  4. Select Yes in the second drop down if you also want to give the user the ability to change the owner of the first user's records 
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page


Step 4: Give individual users the ability to control who has access to their own data

In addition to setting the general access for the users as in the step above, you can also give each individual lab member the ability to override the lab's default permission from step 2 is this tutorial and give them full control over who sees their specific data. 

The idea is that if some lab members are collaborating with each other with certain lines, they may want to give edit ability to the records in these lines only. 

Here is how to do it:

  1. While still in the Lab Permissions menu, go to Step 3
  2. For any user who you want to give full control over their data, select "Yes" from the drop down list
  3. Click Save at the bottom of the page

Note: For any user who you have given the ability to override the default permission setting, they will see two extra menus after they log into their own accounts: General and Create Access and Edit / View Access. From these two menus, they will be able to set who has view only and edit access to their data and who can create and change the owner of their records - basically they have total control over their mouse data. 




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