Re: [greenstone-users] dates

From Katherine Don
DateMon, 15 Dec 2003 16:20:49 +1300
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] dates
In-Reply-To (886EF25AF8BEF64EB89A820EF84064FF41BF81-UCMAIL4)
Hi Linda

Actually, the date search only works with mgpp collections. However, even with
an mg collection you should still have seen the normal search form (and been
able to do searching but which would search for the wrong stuff). I have never
heard of the query form disappearing before.

You could try with mgpp and see if the problem goes away.
Make the following changes to your config file to use mgpp

add:
searchtype plain
change the index lines to
indexes allfields CardNum Date Title
defaultindex Title

collectionmeta becomes
collectionmeta .CardNum "Card Number"
collectionmeta .Date "Date"
collectionmeta .allfields "all fields" etc

all of these can be done through the librarian interface -go to search types
pane in design and switch on enable advanced searching.
Then the indexes specification changes to use mgpp - you will need to enter in
the new index data.

I would recommend downloading the latest version (2.41) of greenstone - the
librarian is much more stable, and there are other minor fixes to gs. Remember
to back up your collections though before uninstalling.

hope this helps,
Katherine Don

"Newman, Linda (newmanld)" wrote:

> Katherine -- Thank you for your reply.
>
> I have not downloaded the version just announced (2.41), but the date of my
> server.exe file is 7/1/2003. I am running in the Windows 2000 environment.
>
> Below is the current version of my collect.cfg file, for what is now just a
> test database. I'm not using form searching with mgpp, although had wanted
> to use that in the future. My original search box still disappears if I add
> the format QueryInterface DateSearch option. If I remove that one line, then
> the search box re-appears, but of course without the date range search
> option. Additionally, I can't submit a date search, as there is no submit
> button.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> creator ucdp@uc.edu
> maintainer ucdp@uc.edu
> public true
>
> indexes document:CardNum document:Date document:Title
> document:Title,Date
> defaultindex document:Title
>
> plugin ZIPPlug
> plugin GAPlug
> plugin TEXTPlug
> plugin ImagePlug
> plugin HTMLPlug -block_exp (?i).(gif|jpe?g|jpe|png|css)$|(~$)
> -metadata_fields ex.Encoding
> plugin EMAILPlug
> plugin PDFPlug
> plugin RTFPlug
> plugin WordPlug
> plugin PSPlug
> plugin ArcPlug
> plugin RecPlug -use_metadata_files -extract_historical_years
>
> classify AZCompactList metadata=Title buttonname=names
> classify AZCompactList metadata=CardNum buttonname=card#s
> classify DateList bymonth=1
>
> format DocumentText '<center><table width="537">
> <tr><td><img src="/gsdl/collect/gsarch/index/assoc/[assocfilepath]/[Image]">
> <br>Name: [Title]<br>Date: [Date]<br>Card Number: [CardNum]
> <br>Image: [Source]<br>Type: [Type]</td></tr></table></center>'
>
> format QueryInterface DateSearch
>
> collectionmeta collectionname "Hamilton County Ohio Birth & Death
> Records:1865-1910"
> collectionmeta collectionextra "This is a collection of birth & death
> certificates produced in Hamilton County Ohio during the period of
> 1865-1910."
> collectionmeta .document:CardNum "Card Number"
> collectionmeta .document:Date "Date"
> collectionmeta .document:Title "Name"
> collectionmeta .document:Title,Date "Name & Date"
>
> metadataset dc "dc.mds"
> metadataset dls "dls.mds"
> metadataset greenstone "extracted.mds"
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Katherine Don [mailto:kjdon@cs.waikato.ac.nz]
> Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 3:22 PM
> To: Newman, Linda (newmanld)
> Cc: greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz
> Subject: Re: [greenstone-users] dates
>
> Hi Linda
>
> I have just tried adding the DateSearch format statement to my collections
> config files - it worked (mostly) fine. The date stuff is added to the query
> form below the query box and search button. The single format line is enough
> to get the date options added.
>
> I found one bug- it doesn't get added if you are using form searching (with
> mgpp collections).
> However, in all cases, my original search box and parameters were still
> present.
>
> What version of Greenstone are you using? I am using v2.41 - perhaps an
> older
> version had a bug in this date stuff??
>
> regards,
> Katherine Don
>
> "Newman, Linda (newmanld)" wrote:
>
> > Thank you to John McPherson for clarifying the date format of YYYYMMDD
> > instead of YYYY-MM-DD.
> > That solved problem 1) below.
> >
> > In regard to the 2nd issue, when I include the statement "format
> > QueryInterface DateSearch" in my collect.cfg file, it results in the
> > following two problems:
> >
> > *My ordinary search options deriving from my other indexes (title, etc.)
> > are gone.
> >
> > *The date query search form doesn't have a submit button or other way
> for
> > the user to actually submit the date search.
> >
> > My guess is that there is some additional syntax beyond "format
> > QueryInterface DateSearch" to solve these two issues, but I can find no
> > mention of this format statement in any of the pdf files that I
> downloaded.
> > Any one know how to extend this format statement?
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: John R. McPherson [mailto:jrm21@cs.waikato.ac.nz]
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 3:56 PM
> > To: Newman, Linda (newmanld)
> > Cc: greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz
> > Subject: Re: [greenstone-users] dates
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 03:44:58PM -0500, Newman, Linda (newmanld) wrote:
> > > 1) Display problem with dates:
> > >
> > > I'm using dates in my metadata.xml file, and although searching and
> > browsing
> > > seem to work correctly, the display of the date info is strange.
> > >
> > > I can't find anything specifying the format in any of the greenstone pdf
> > > files, so I went with what I found online for the Dublin Core:
> > YYYY-MM-DD.
> > >
> > >
> > > However, the display of a field such as this:
> > > <Metadata name="Date" mode="accumulate">1878-01-03</Metadata>
> > >
> > > will be shown as:
> > > Date: 1- _textmonth-0_ 1878
> > >
> > > This display shows up both in the datelist classifier and in the
> > > documentText format.
> >
> > Greenstone needs dates to be in YYYYMMYY format to be able to parse
> > them.
> > _textmonthXX_ is a greenstone macro that turns the XXth month into
> > a string in the appropriate language... eg 20031210 (for 10th Dec 2003).
> > So what has happened is that the plugin got 1878 as the year, and then
> > "-0" as the month, which isn't a valid macro for a month name.
> >
> > > 2) Searching Question:
> > > Is there a way to allow the user to search (not browse) within range of
> > > dates, using either the MG or MGPP search engines?
> >
> > According to the BasPlug (base plugin), you can add an option called
> > "-extract_historical_years" to any plugin, and also add
> > " format QueryInterface DateSearch"
> > to the collect.cfg file for searching based on the year.
> >
> > I have no idea if this actually works or not though... but I recall
> > that it used to...
> >
> > John McPherson
> >
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