Selecting a project area

To generate a report, you must first choose a project and a configuration (stream or baseline) from which the artifact data is to be obtained. The configuration could be a stream or a baseline, depending on the version of Design Management you are using. The configuration is specified in the URL of the data source.

About this task

In Design Management, a project area contains the current versions of artifacts and optionally, historical immutable copies of those artifacts (called baselines). As the project area could only have a single set of these artifacts, this was equivalent to a single stream, or in Design Management terminology, a single stream. The Design Management 3.0 “current” stream contained the latest versions of the artifacts though you could create multiple baselines of the stream.

A project area can have multiple streams, where each stream contains a set of artifacts. An artifact can exist in differing versions in multiple streams. In addition, each stream can have multiple baselines. These streams and baselines are also referred to as configurations. You can choose the configuration you need to use in the UI for the project.

When a project area is created, the administrator must define its configuration space on the Manage the Project Properties web page. Defining a configuration space automatically creates a default stream. If no other streams are created, a Design Management 4.0 project area would be equivalent to a Design Management 3.0 project area in which the default stream contains the latest versions of the project's artifacts.

However, additional streams can be created as branches of the default stream or of another stream. To create a new stream, a baseline must first be made on the parent stream. Set that baseline as the current configuration and then create the branch or child stream. This child stream inherits all the artifacts that were defined in the baseline on the parent stream. Future changes to the artifacts in the parent stream will not be included in the child stream.