[greenstone-users] Newbie ?s: "publishing" a collection, workflow

From Oran of Greenstone Team
DateWed Aug 27 12:26:50 2008
Subject [greenstone-users] Newbie ?s: "publishing" a collection, workflow
In-Reply-To (bb5e00840806191133p46ca9df3y57460a95650829f9-mail-gmail-com)
Hi Mike,

I'm not sure if someone has replied to this mail or not. If not, sorry
for the slow response.

I have answered below.

Cheers,
Oran.

Mike Brown wrote:
> Hi. I have GLI installed on my Windows XP machine. We have Greenstone
> also installed on our Apache web server. (Our sysadmin loved the point
> and click Linux install, BTW!)
>
> The goal is to create a collection of our digital assets and make that
> accessible to people within our building. Along the way, I want to
> organize the collection with sufficient metadata so that our users can
> find/discover these assets easily on their own. The assets will
> include Word files, graphics, animation files, images, and so on.
>
> Question 1: I can access the admin interface on the server via my web
> browser and have successfully edited a cfg file.
>
> I'm starting to work through the tutorials and did the simple_HTML
> collection exercise. When I click "preview collection" I see nothing,
> of course, because the collection is on my Windows PC, not on the server.
>
> Just want to confirm that to check my progress on this tutorial, I
> have to copy the contents of "C:\Program
> Files\Greenstone\collect\<collection>\" to the server's
> "gsdlhome/collect" directory. Then, at the Greenstone server page, the
> appropriate Collections button magically appears. I click on it and
> then I can see the collection's content. (The sysadmin will have to
> chmod the server directory for me.)
>
> This makes me think that GLI's "Preview Collection" button is really
> not useful to me, since I'm not running the web server on my PC.
> (That's fine if it isn't; I just need to know so that I can ignore it
> in future.)
You should be able to edit the Library Path of the greenstone server,
which would make the preview button work (File -> Preferences ->
Connection).
If you are not using Remote GLI, then you are exactly right: move the
prebuilt collection to the server and make sure its readable by the web
server. If you are using Remote GLI, then all the copying and chmod
stuff should be taken care of.
>
> Question 2: I'm trying to figure out a workflow for a growing
> collection of materials that will collect on my PC and that will be
> pushed into a collection and then pushed up to the web server. It
> looks as if I'll process them in batches on my PC and then push them
> to the server. This will therefore be an incremental, growing
> collection. Does anyone foresee problems or trapdoors I should avoid
> or plan for? Any tips or clues would be appreciated.
Why not use Remote GLI. Set it up with these instuctions:
http://wiki.greenstone.org/wiki/index.php/Remote_Greenstone
(Your sysadmin will have to help with that.) This solution will keep
network traffic down as you will only be transferring the new documents
to the server, not a massive archive of the whole collection each time.
You will be invoking rebuilds on the server: use the lucene indexer for
incremental building to minimise the load on the server cpu.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mike Brown
> Research Triangle Park, NC
>
>
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