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BDR Organisations Registry


bdr-registry is a registry of company contacts (implemented as a Django application) for the reporting process which is handled by the BDR Zope application. Reporters from organisations can self-register and then manage a list of contacts for their company. BDR helpdesk can manage accounts and passwords and download CSV reports of organisations.

Base docker image:


Company reporters

Starting from the BDR homepage, reporters click on “Self-registration”, which takes them to a registration form on bdr-registry. The information is saved in the bdr-registry database pending review by helpdesk.

After they receive an account, reporters can follow a link on the reporting folder, which takes them to a page in bdr-registry, where they can update the company’s contact details.


All helpdesk actions are performed via the bdr management pages.

Helpdesk reviews self-registered organisations and creates LDAP accounts and BDR reporting folders for them. These actions are performed via the “action” menu after selecting one or more organisations. Optionally, email notifications, containing the LDAP username and password, can be sent to company contacts when the accounts are created, or at a later time.

Helpdesk can download CSV reports of companies and contact persons.



Authentication is performed using the Django authentication system against the same LDAP server as the BDR Zope application.

User permissions for bdr-registry are configured via the bdr management. The helpdesk group grants permission to can edit/delete any company, create/update LDAP accounts, reset passwords, and create reporting folders in the BDR Zope application.

Company accounts have no special roles configured in bdr-registry; they can edit their own company’s contact details based on the user id. They are however granted owner rights on their reporting folder in the BDR Zope application, so they can upload files and follow the envelope workflow steps.

Integration with other services

bdr-registry creates/updates LDAP accounts using a privileged user, configured using the LDAP_EDIT_* settings.

The BDR Zope application exposes an API to allow bdr-registry to create folders for newly registered organisations. The endpoint is configured using the BDR_API_* settings. The API is deployed in Zope as a Script (Python) (source code at zope_api/; the BDR_API_AUTH user is granted Manager role on the entire BDR Zope application so it can create reporting folders.

WebQ calls a bdr-registry API to fetch company details. This API is protected using access tokens configured in the management interface.

When a user visits bdr-registry coming from the BDR Zope application, and the user is not yet authenticated in bdr-registry, the HTTP Basic access authentication information is used to log them into bdr-registry.

Development and deployment

Install dependencies. It’s a good idea to run this in a virtualenv:

$ pip install -r requirements-dev.txt

Create a local settings file by copying and modifying

Run the testsuite:

$ ./ test bdr_registry

Start the server locally:

$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=localsettings ./ runserver

Run a management command, e.g. database initialization and migrations:

$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=localsettings ./ syncdb
$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=localsettings ./ migrate

The command to run the server in production:

$ DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=localsettings ./ run_gunicorn

To resend emails failed to send initially, use:

$ ./ resend_failed

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