Enabling standard link types through project association

SECollab allows project leaders to create project associations. Project associations are a mean for the project leader to share the project data with another project from a friend application. In that case, the project is said to "Provide" certain data.
When the project leader expects to benefit from another project's data, it is said to "Use" that data.

Creating a project association enables a set of standard OSLC link types between the two projects, depending on the association type and the direction of the association ("provides" / "uses"). An association type always connects two OSLC domains for a specific business purpose. Supported OSLC domains in SECollab are Change Management (CM), Requirement Management (RM), and Architecture Management (AM).

Defining project associations

Go to the project administration, and select the "Associations" tab. To create a new association, click on the "Add association" button. Select the friend application, followed by the association type, and finally select the target project. Once the modal's "Add association" button is clicked, the association is created.

Associations often go by pairs. When a project "provides" data to another project, that one most often "uses" that data. It is highly recommended to create inverse associations inside the friend application.

Available project associations and corresponding standard link types

Association types are a de facto standard upon IBM's implementation within its Rational CLM suite. Supported association types and the standard link types they enable:

Note: if you decide to remove a project association, links created on your project's resources will remain available.

Enabling / disabling standard collaborative links

Standard collaborative links may not necessarily correspond to your business Traceability model, so you can choose to disable specific standard link types by unchecking the "enabled" checkbox in their detail view.

Adding standard collaborative links

Once the standard link types are enabled, you can create collaborative links between resources. For more information, see the section Creating collaborative links.