|Thanks Ramses, great answer!
I just wanted to add that the Collector is still available for use, but
it is now disabled by default. To enable it, edit the main.cfg file in
Greenstone's "etc" directory and set the "collector" field to "enabled".
When you reload the Greenstone home page there will be a "Collector"
button for entering this facility.
However we are no longer interested in maintaining or supporting the
Collector, so you're on your own if you decide to use it. As Ramses
points out, the new way to do this is to use the GLI as an applet, and
this is much more powerful and a lot easier to use than the Collector.
Ramses Ladlani wrote:
>Please take the following answers with care because I am not a GSDL guru yet
>As far as I know, the Collector interface (which is web-based) does not
>allow you to edit the metadata associated with your documents although it
>allows you to create new collections and add records to it.
>The GLI app needs to be run on the same machine that is running Greenstone.
>However, you can build the GLI as an applet that can be included in a web
>page. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the FAQ:
>Concerning the possibility to edit the database while people are searching
>it, the answer is yes and no... It all depends on what you mean. Yes, you
>can edit the metadata or add documents while users are surfing the website
>but the building process takes some time. Once the information has been
>updated in the metadata.xml file, you have to build the collection. This
>generates index files in a temporary folder that is copied to replace the
>"live" folder when building is complete. Only then are the new documents
>available to your users.
>I hope this helped, that it was correct and clearly explained :)
>on 7/12/05 6:26 PM, Kirin van der Veer at
>>Perhaps this will seem a simplistic question to many on this list, but
>>I'm unable to enlighten myself by reading documentation found on the web.
>>I'm looking at replacing a DB/TextWorks database with Greenstone, but
>>one of the key requirements is the ability to add/edit information
>>through a web interface. I am running the Greenstone v2.60 Linux binary
>>and from the web pages being fed to Apache it appears that it's only
>>possible to search, not edit information.
>>The "Librarian Interface" page gives instructions on launching the Java
>>GLI app. While reading the documentation I kept seeing reference to an
>>older app called the "Collector" - was that web based? Is there any
>>means of accomplishing what I'm looking for?
>>Is it even possible to edit a Greenstone database "on the fly" while
>>people are searching it, or do you have to "compile" it for use?
>>Any answers would be appreciated.
>>Thanks in advance,
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