Re: [greenstone-users] Different Greenstone Interfaces?

From Richard Managh
DateThu, 27 Apr 2006 10:08:41 +1200
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] Different Greenstone Interfaces?
In-Reply-To (s44f4a6d-076-osceia-global-osceint)
Hi Emil,

Emil Levine wrote:
I am having trouble finding a greenstone site with the mgpp (whatever
that is) interface that allows searching on metadata fields. Can you
Also, are the only greenstone sites those listed on their homepage?

mgpp is indexing software, it is used as a component of greenstone to build indexes that are then queried by the user when they do a search in greenstone.

If you go to, and scroll down to the Bibliography collection, click the image. This is an example mgpp collection, if you look at the search page you will see the ability to search by metadata item(s).

Defining it as an mgpp in its collection configuration file (linked to on the about page of that collection) are the lines:

searchtype   form plain
indexes        text metadata

as opposed to an mg form, something like:

indexes     section:text section:Title document:text

In mg you dont have a searchtype line, and you specify the indexes differently.


DL Consulting
Greenstone Digital Library and Digitisation Specialists

Hi Emil,

For all greenstone collections using the default interface: from the 
preferences page (click the preferences button to get there) choose 
"advanced query mode" for boolean searching.

For greenstone collections built with the mgpp indexing software (as 
opposed to mg) an advanced form search is available that allows 
searching on metadata fields.

As for date range searching, there is a feature for searching by a
of years. If you add the following line to a greenstone collection's 
collect.cfg file:

format    Queryinterface    Datesearch

The search interface will display a facility for date range searching
the "Date" metadata item.

hope that was helpful,

DL Consulting
Greenstone Digital Library and Digitisation Specialists 

Emil Levine wrote:

Dear Colleagues,
I am looking at the Greenstone interfaces from the 
page. They are all the same. Is it possible to have a more 
conventional search page, Boolean AND OR NOT on specific fields,
search on dates, etc?
If so, can you advise me of locations.
Thanks in advance.
emil levine
library/information science consultant
vienna austria


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