[greenstone-users] Is Greenstone the right choice for my project?

From Stefan Boddie
DateThu Jul 3 13:24:56 2008
Subject [greenstone-users] Is Greenstone the right choice for my project?
In-Reply-To (d58d48a80806301425q564da586p5e20ff747865ca64-mail-gmail-com)
Hi Lindsay,

Greenstone can certainly do what you want, and would be a good choice
for your project. It has support for importing data in a number of
formats, including MARC, is web based, can be configured to restrict
entry by username and password, and is free!

If you need advice or help setting up the system, or you need
somewhere to host the completed collection, let me know off list. We
(DL Consulting Ltd.) provide commercial support, customization, and
hosting services for Greenstone.

Kind regards,

Stefan Boddie
DL Consulting Ltd.
Greenstone Digital Library, Web Development, Hosting and Digitization
Specialists
www.dlconsulting.com


On Jul 1, 2008, at 9:25 AM, Lindsay Negrello wrote:

>
> I am writing in hopes of getting some good advice regarding using
> Greenstone for the project that I am currently working on. I am
> organizing and cataloging the personal library (which is still just
> a huge pile of 3000 books with no rhyme or reason) of a very well-
> known philanthropist/art collector here in the SF Bay Area. The
> books are in two locations, her office and her home. Thusfar the
> office books are all art books and exhibition catalogs.
>
> I have Connexion Client and am doing some of the copy and all of the
> original cataloging myself, though the majority of the copy has been
> sub-contracted out to OCLC's custom cataloging department. I am also
> adding 655s using the Getty AAT and am also adding some provenance
> notes. The reason I am doing "proper" cataloging using OCLC is that
> she plans to eventually donate the collection and she wants the
> receiving institution to be able to add the collection without
> having to do much processing.
>
> Once I have finished cataloging everything and have received all of
> the MARC records from OCLC (they send them in batches in an email),
> I need a place to put them! I would like the database to be very
> user-friendly for the owner of the collection (no one else will use
> this database), it must also be private as she is a very high-
> profile person and does not want anyone contacting her to borrow the
> books. In fact, we had to work out a deal with OCLC so that when
> users mouse over the holdings for books that she owns, no
> information would come up under the acronym for her library. She
> would also like the database to be web-based so that she can access
> it from anywhere (she travels a lot), and above all, it must
> actually display the information that I am taking so much time to
> add to the MARC records. Would Greenstone be a good choice? Also,
> can I upload the MARC records with relative ease to Greenstone? I
> apologize if I seem really ignorant, but I am a student and this is
> the first project of this kind that I have ever undertaken.
>
> If Greenstone doesn't seem like it will fit our criteria, I would be
> eternally grateful for any other web-based application you can
> suggest. OCLC suggested EOS web enterprise, but the owner of the
> collection does not want to pay $3500 per year just so that the
> records for her own books can be accessible to her.
>
> Thanks so much for your time,
> Lindsay Negrello
>
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