[greenstone-users] New "Documented example collections" package available

From Michael Dewsnip
DateFri, 13 Aug 2004 12:33:25 +1200
Subject [greenstone-users] New "Documented example collections" package available
Hello everyone,

There is a new package available for download from our sourceforge page:

This package contains 11 documented example Greenstone collections whose
"about" page describes how they are constructed. They are fully
documented in English, French, Spanish and Russian, and are an excellent
resource for learning how to build common types of collections. Also, by
choosing in the GLI to base a new collection on one of these collections
you can inherit the style and formatting of the collection without
having to recreate it.

To reduce the size of this package the collections come unbuilt. After
unpacking them into your Greenstone "collect" directory, you will need
to build them from the GLI (or from the command line) before viewing
them. These collections can also be viewed at http://www.nzdl.org.

A brief description of each of the 11 collections follows. Please report
any problems you have building the collections.

All the best,

On behalf of the Greenstone team

* Development Library Subset collection (dls-e)

Like the Greenstone Demo, this is a subset of the HDL -- but larger.
It contains 25
publications -- books, reports and magazines -- in various areas of
human development (the
full HDL contains 1,230 publications). It has the same structure as
the Greenstone Demo.
It's fairly complex, and if you're just starting out you might prefer
to look at some other
collections first (e.g. MSWord and PDF demonstration, the Greenstone
Archives, or the
simple image collection).

NOTE: To reduce the package size this collection is much smaller than
the one at

* MSWord and PDF demonstration (wrdpdf-e)

This contains a few documents in PDF, MSWord, RTF, and Postscript
formats, demonstrating
the ability to build collections from documents in different formats.
The collection
configuration file is very simple.

* Greenstone Archives collection (gsarch-e)

A collection of email messages from the Greenstone mailing list
archives, this uses the
Email plugin, which parses files in email formats. The collection
configuration file is
very simple.

* Bibliography collection (cltbib-e)

With about 4,000 bibliography entries, this collection incorporates a
form-based search
interface that allows fielded searching. It is fairly complex.

* Bibliography supplement (cltext-e)

This tiny collection of 10 bibliography entries illustrates the
"supercollection" facility
which searches several collections together, seamlessly. It operates
together with the
bibliography collection, and its configuration file is almost the

* MARC example (MARC-e)

Based on some MARC records from the Library of Congress, this is a
simple collection (and
does not allow form-based searching).

* OAI demo (oai-e)

Using the Open Archive Protocol and the Import-From feature, this
retrieves metadata from
an archive and builds a collection from the records. In this case they
are images, so both
the OAI and Image plugins are used.

* Simple image collection (image-e)

This very basic image collection contains no text and no explicit
metadata -- which makes
it rather unrealistic. The configuration file is about as simple as
you can get.

* Formatting and authentication demo (authen-e)

With the same material as the original Greenstone demo collection,
this shows off two
independent features: non-standard document formatting, and controlled
access to the
documents via user authentication.

NOTE: To test the authentication process, you must first use the
Greenstone Administration
interface to add a "demo" user with password "demo". Refer to
the Greenstone User's
Guide for more information on how to do this.

* Garish version of demo collection (garish)

This collection also contains the same material as the Greenstone
demo. Its appearance has
been altered to show how the pages generated can be set out
differently. It relies on a
non-standard macro file that is supplied with Greenstone.

* CDS/ISIS example (isis-e)

This collection is built from a CDS/ISIS database of about 150
bibliography entries. It
uses the ISISPlug plugin, which reads the standard ISIS .mst and .fdt
files and converts
them to Greenstone metadata.