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Operational documentation

Purpose

Provide guidance for CESSDA Product Technical Contacts, developers of other CESSDA software and members of the Main Office Platform Team so they know what is expected of them with respect to producing operational documentation.

It should be read in conjunction with the SML requirement CA1.2.

Deployment and configuration manual

General requirements

  • Ensure that the content is directly related to the current version of the product

  • Clearly state the version number of the documentation, which should match the current version of the product

  • Optionally add a date (month and year is sufficient)

  • State the license of the content of the documentation (use Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International unless there is a very good reason not to)

  • Include a glossary and define any abbreviations and specialised terms.

Specific requirements

  • Deployment instructions

  • Management instructions

  • Configurations options (with examples), and location of configuration files
  • Confirmation that relevant application logs are written to STDOUT.

  • List of all exception message (excluding system and 3rd party module messages which should be detailed elsewhere by their authors), with explanations if they are not self-explanatory

  • List of all failure message (excluding system and 3rd party module messages which should be detailed elsewhere by their authors), with explanations if they are not self-explanatory.