|Date||Tue, 03 Jul 2007 17:40:28 +1200|
|Subject||Re: [greenstone-users] Multiple users updating a collection|
> I'm a system administrator, so while I'm not too familiar with the
> librarian concepts in Greenstone, I've become involved in a
> recently-started Greenstone project. I'd appreciate any advice from
> those more experienced in Greenstone on a question that's been
> troubling me.
> A number of users are gathering and cataloguing content in the project.
> Up until now, they've each had a complete installation of Greenstone
> 2.72 on their Windows PCs, and been using local GLI to work on their
> separate collections. Now the team would like to make the entire
> collection available on the web, so I've setup a dedicated web server
> for them. They all still need to continue adding content, though, and
> I'm not sure what the best way to support that is.
> The cataloguers' idea is to continue working on their own collections,
> and copy the collections to the web server once a week. However, that
> becomes complicated because the GDBM files from their Windows PCs have
> to be converted with db2txt/txt2db before they work on the FreeBSD web
> My first idea was to have a single collection on the web server, which
> they could use Remote GLI to update -- but it seems only one person may
> have the collection open at a time. (As a matter of interest, would
> Greenstone 3 be better in that respect? I'm told that there's a
> particular feature that they need that's not yet available in
> Greenstone 3 so we couldn't convert at the moment.)
Greenstone 3 will not be better in this regard -- the "one user only"
limitation is a limitation of the remote GLI functionality. This may be
improved in the future (but it makes everything a lot more complex, so I
wouldn't hold your breath), in which case both Greenstone 2 and
Greenstone 3 will benefit.
A note of caution: the remote GLI functionality is still fairly new, so