[greenstone-users] Digital Image Collections And CoolIris

From Allison Zhang
DateThu Oct 23 09:25:30 2008
Subject [greenstone-users] Digital Image Collections And CoolIris
In-Reply-To (48DA0849-D9EE-0090-0-gwmail-cwu-edu)
Hi, Greenstone friends,
I want to bring your attention again to CoolIris. (See below. The original message was sent by Gavin Spomer about a month ago.)
CoolIris is a free browser add-on which presents a fantastic way to view images. After you used CoolIris to view images, you will not want to view images in the old ways. I think it completely changed the way we used to view digital images. It would be great if Greenstone could support CoolIris in following ways:

1. provide a script to generate the rss file required by CoolIris. Gavin has started on this.

2. incorporate CoolIris as an image viewer with Greenstone. This is just a thought and I don't know how difficult it is to do so. It would be perfect if CoolIris is a server side plug not client plug. Currently, requiring to download the CoolIris plugin scared many people away even though it is so easy to download and install.
Anyway, if you have not tried CoolIris, try it at the site that Gavin listed below. We are working on some of our photograph collections to enable CoolIris as well.

Allison B Zhang
Manager, Digital Collections Production Center
Washington Research Library Consortium
901 Commerce Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20774
Telphone: 301-390-2049
Fax: 301-390-2020

From: greenstone-users-bounces@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz [mailto:greenstone-users-bounces@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz] On Behalf Of Gavin Spomer
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:29 PM
To: greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz
Subject: [greenstone-users] Digital Image Collections And CoolIris

Hello folks,

A while back I discovered a nifty web browser plugin called CoolIris (named Piclens back then) which allows you view images at certain sites in a unique and fantastic way. The other day I revisited the CoolIris site (http://www.cooliris.com) as I have a new computer and wanted to install the plugin into all my browsers. I followed a link labled "Enable your website" and found that it was easy as including a .rss feed file and a <link> tage in a page's header to enable it. Sweet!

I then wrote a perl script that crawled/read the Greenstone collect directory tree on our digital archives server and constructed .rss files for each collection. I then added the appropriate link tag to GSDL Error macro in style.dm and now all our collections are CoolIris enabled! :) If you wish to check it out, go to the CoolIris site, download/install the plugin and view our collections at:


There are CoolIris plugins for Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Flock. The download link should detect your browser and let you know if CoolIris will install in it. I found that there isn't a version for Opera. There's also searches within CoolIris for Google Images, Flickr, YouTube (yes, it does video too) and others. There's a few other features too. Fun to play with!

If there are enough people interested in doing this with their Greenstone image collections, I may carve out some time to make my perl script more user-friendly and universal as I wrote it specific to our installation. You're free to use my perl code and edit it yourself if you like, just email me.

Gavin Spomer
Systems Programmer
Brooks Library
Central Washington University

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