Data Access Request Administration


Application Form

The web application form can be specified both in terms of schema and UI definition. See Angular Schema Form documentation for more details.

The Preview and Model tabs are informational only and can be used to preview the rendered form and the input data that will be collected.


Title Field Specifies the field value to be used as the document’s title.
Summary Field Specifies the field value to be used as the document’s summary.
Enable Amendments Enables the capability of requesting amendments to an approved data access request. This option is disabled by default.

PDF Download

The data collected in the form can be downloaded in the following formats:

PDF Template, this option requires uploading a template (one for each configured languages) compatible with the custom Angular Schema Form model.

Printable Page, this option renders the form as a printable page in the browser so the user can either save the form as a PDF or send it to a printer.

Predefined Action Names

Predefined Action Names are common actions that data access officers perform while processing the data access requests. These actions can then be logged in the data access request history section.

The action names defined here are in fact translation keys that must be created in Translations Administration.

The following steps demonstrate how these names are added:

  • add the action names without any spaces or any of these invalid characters: . ~ !
  • save the configuration
  • add the action keys in Translations Administration


An action key is the action name preceded by its translation path: data-access-request.action-log.config.label.<action-name>.

Amendment Form

Same as the Application Form, it uses Angular Schema Form to define the schema and UI definition.

Under the Properties section one can specify the document’s Title Field and it’s Summary Field as defined in the custom Angular Schema Form.


Email notifications can be sent, if configured, to applicant and data access officers when an event happens on the data access request. Events can be: status changes or comment additions or updates.

These configurations apply to both the data access requests and their amendments.


The data access request goes through several steps. Some minimum settings can be applied to control this workflow, i.e. enabling the review status and making the accepted and rejected status final. Also the pattern to generate identifiers for data access requests can be configured.

These configurations apply to both the data access requests and their amendments.


Role Description
Reader Can view all data access request and their amendments.

There are also two additional (sub) permissions that can be granted to a Reader:

Apply the same permission to associated action logs This permission grants viewing the action logs.
Give access to the private comments section This permission grants viewing and editing of private comments.

Customizing Reports


This is an experimental functionality, make sure to backup your database beforehand.

Follow these steps to customize the data access request and amendment reports:

  • stop Mica server

  • get the current report configuration files as templates:

    mongo mica --eval 'db.dataAccessForm.find({}, {csvExportFormat: 1, _id: 0})'
    mongo mica --eval 'db.dataAccessAmendmentForm.find({}, {csvExportFormat: 1, _id: 0})'
  • make sure /etc/mica2/config/data-access-form/ and /etc/mica2/config/data-access-amendment-form/ directories exist

  • copy your templates export-csv-schema.json under the previously created directories

  • clear the csvExportFormat field in dataAccessForm and dataAccessAmendmentForm:

    mongo mica --eval 'db.dataAccessForm.update({_id: "default"}, {$set: {csvExportFormat: ""}})'
    mongo mica --eval 'db.dataAccessAmendmentForm.update({_id: "default"}, {$set: {csvExportFormat: ""}})'
  • edit your templates:

    • /etc/mica2/config/data-access-form/export-csv-schema.json
    • /etc/mica2/config/data-access-amendment-form/export-csv-schema.json
  • to make sure that these files can be accessed by Mica server run the following shell command:

    ``sudo chown -R mica:adm /etc/mica2``
  • start Mica server

The snippet below shows a report configuration file:

  "headers": {
    "title": {
      "en": "<Organization> Access Office",
      "fr": "<Organisation> Bureau d'accès"
    "subtitle": {
      "en": "Access Requests Report",
      "fr": "Rapport sur les demandes d'accès"

  "table": {
    "generic.accessRequestId": {
      "en": "ACCESS REQUEST ID",
      "fr": "ID DE LA DEMANDE D'ACCÈS"
    "projectTitle": {
      "en": "TITLE",
      "fr": "TITRE"


Where fields under headers are fixed (built-in) but their translations can be modified. Fields under table can be fully customized (removed, re-ordered, added, etc).

The table properties can be inferred from the document’s schema. They are the fields found in the model.


Properties prefixed by generic. are internal and not part of the data access request or amendment form schemas and are considered built-ins. They can be removed, however.

Excluding Legacy Data Access Requests IDs

To make sure legacy data access request IDs won’t be used by Mica follow the following steps:

  • stop Mica server

  • make sure /etc/mica2/config/data-access-form/ exists

  • create the file data-access-request-exclusion-ids-list.yml under the folder /etc/mica2/config/data-access-form/.

  • add each ID on a separate line as the example below.

  • run the command below to make sure the folder and the file have the proper permission:

    sudo chown -R mica:adm /etc/mica2
  • restart Mica server so the changes take effect.

Here is an example of the exclusion file:

  - "LEGACEY_ID_001"
  - "LEGACEY_ID_002"
  - "LEGACEY_ID_003"