|I just want to tell Greenstone users more about the recent release of
Greenstone3, (version 3.02) and our plans for the future.
Greenstone3 is a complete redesign and reimplementation of the
original Greenstone digital library software (Greenstone2). It s
intended to retain all the advantages of the original system,
incorporate all its features, and be fully backwards compatible: that
is, it can build and run existing collections without modification.
Written in Java, it is structured as a network of independent modules
that communicate using XML: thus it runs in a distributed fashion and
can be spread across different servers as necessary. This modular
design increases the flexibility and extensibility of Greenstone.
Greenstone2 will continue to be supported for a long time yet
(years), but ultimately we see Greenstone3 replacing it. This
release, 3.02, is a beta release: it contains (virtually) all the
features needed for Greenstone2 compatibility, and has been
We have added a new section to the Wiki on Greenstone3 (http://
greenstone.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Greenstone3), and in
particular a new page entitled "Greenstone3 for Greenstone2 users"
about how to set it up and migrate your collections (with a list of
possible problem areas):
It is not quite perfect yet. For example, one area that is still a
little unsatisfactory concerns the automatic conversion of collection
configuration files and format statements from Greenstone2 to
Greenstone3; we are working on that. However, we are hoping that
Greenstone3 is now fully usable on a test or even a production basis.
We encourage users to try out this new system and give us feedback
that will help us to improve it.
Greenstone2 is certainly not yet in the past, but Greenstone3 is
definitely the future!