As part of the OpenMRS ID Platform Improvements project, I propose that we allow applications to store "free-form" data on user objects in OpenMRS ID.
The idea is that external, future applications should be able to store user-related data in the Dashboard without requiring us to implement schema changes. For example, OpenMRS Atlas could, using the REST API, store information about the clinic or implementation a person belongs to. That data could be used by the Dashboard, the wiki, or any other application to build a more comprehensive profile out of that person's OpenMRS ID.
Technically, I think this can be done by used Mixed attributes in Mongoose, which is a schema-less type that stores any object. The user schema could be something like this:
So, in my example, Atlas might store data in
user.externalInformation.atlas, which in turn might be an array of Atlas locations associated with the user. The point is that we don't have to care what it is, if it's valid JSON/BSON we can store it!
Here are a couple SO questions about doing the same thing:
If we do this at the schema-level, then the REST API just needs a sensible way to represent information contained in
externalInformation as REST resources.
@plypy: you know way more about Mongoose than I do Do you think my proposal is something that'd be feasible?