Site settings endpoints


Previous java .properties files have been replaced by a Configuration api. Configuration properties accept various values based upon their defined types and other possible restrictions. The metadata describing these constraints is called a definition. Therefore, each configuration property has a definition and value.

Properties are hierarchical, where the leaf nodes are where actual values are settable. This allows for logical organization of configuration properties. The properties, therefore, have IDs which are in dot-notation representing their place in the heirarchy. For example: socialAuth.facebook.auth.secret and socialAuth.facebook.auth.appid might be two related configuration properties.


  • document traversing config trees from top-levels
  • "bundles"
  • "complex" types (taxonomy, custom fields)

Configuration endpoints#

Standard "CRUD" does not apply to configuration, as values can only be read and updated (CU?). This is done via the endpoint:

  • /api/v0/configuration/PROPERTY_ID

A GET call will read a property value and a POST will update it. Note that the POST body should be a JSON object with the property ID as key(s), so therefore, this ID can be left off the endpoint. (e.g. /api/v0/configuration only). A POST may contain multiple values:

"": 12345,
"": "something"

Configuration endpoint responses follow Response Content standards, so GET /api/v0/configuration/ might look like:

"success": true,
"response": {
"id": "",
"value": "fubar"
"transactionId": "54ecfda2-14b4-4aab-a2c2-f558e20c164b"

or (for an invalid ID, thus including a .message)

"success": false,
"message": {
"key": "invalid_configuration_id",
"args": {
"id": ""
"transactionId": "1f69afe7-4383-4473-acfc-4c3f49e1c73d"

Configuration Definition endpoint#

Configuration definitions can be found (read-only, so R in CRUD) by altering the endpoint to be:

  • /api/v0/configurationDefinition/PROPERTY_ID This might produce something such as:
"schema": {
"displayOrder": 0,
"panel": true
"fieldTypeKey": "string",
"readOnly": false,
"isPrivate": false,
"transactionId": "39984090-bf70-42ac-9a97-6c327b4ad4f0",
"required": true,
"settable": true,
"success": true,
"name": "configuration_site_name",
"parentConfigurationId": "site",
"configurationId": "",
"fieldType": "string",
"currentValue": "fubar"

The contents of the definition is to guide the UI/UX and its structure is under development. (more here soon?)

Related code repo README files:#

Taxonomy endpoints (deprecated / TBD)#


Taxonomy object prototype:

id: null,
scientificName: null,
itisNumber: null,
nonSpecific: false,
commonNames: []

Taxonomy example:

id: "4445cd97-3737-4e4b-98b9-034e16e8d298",
itisNumber: 555654,
scientificName: "Delphinus capensis",
commonNames: [L(Common dolphin)*, L(Common Long-Beaked Dolphin)*]

() Note on common names: not sure how we should localize* these. L12N IDs might not make sense: there may not, for example, be language translations of all of them; but maybe that is okay! Otherwise we might adopt a quick shorh-hand notation, e.g. {enUs: "Canada goose", frCa: "outarde", frFr: "bernache du Canada"}.