[greenstone-devel] Adding Metadata not already built into greenstone

From Gregory S. Williamson
DateSun, 13 Jul 2003 19:38:41 -0700
Subject [greenstone-devel] Adding Metadata not already built into greenstone
I apologize for taking up the list's time, but I have spent many hours going nowhere with this tool.

I have several thousand HTML documents that I wish to import; they have various metadata tags associated with them to show some associated information (theme, some information relating to dates the source material is about, etc.).

I have tried adding various combinations of lines in the collection file but to no avail. I have read the various papers available on the Greenstone site and they do nothing to help. I have bought and read a book about digital libraries and it also leaves me stumped.

Could someone PLEASE provide the minimum bits I need ? I need to know exactly what to put in a configuration file to have it see and list these new metadata tags. Everything I do it ignores.

If I have to handcode every document and create entries for every single metadata item I think this tool will be left in the wastebin of history. I am beyond frustrated with this tool -- I spent an equivalent amount of time -- 50 hours or so -- to create an interactive map with various layers and interactivity using an opensource tool. With Greenstone my first 50 hours of work equals a big pile of nothing.

With fading hopes,

Greg Williamson

Sample HTML snippet from a source file showing a bit of one "Subject" I want to code:

<TITLE>WWII In-migration & Rising Bigotry</TITLE><b><H1>WWII In-migration & Rising Bigotry</H1> </b>


<Metadata name="Subject"> African-American </Metadata>


Sample snippet from a configuration file:

indexes document:text document:Title document:Source document:Subject
defaultindex document:text

plugin ZIPPlug
plugin GAPlug
plugin TEXTPlug
plugin HTMLPlug-description_tags
plugin EMAILPlug
plugin PDFPlug
plugin RTFPlug
plugin WordPlug
plugin PSPlug
plugin ArcPlug
plugin RecPlug

classify AZList -metadata Title
classify AZList -metadata Source
classify AZList -metadata Subject -buttonname Subject