This is very interesting! Thank you very much for posting this information! It would be great if you could share your Perl script in the Greenstone community.
I would like to enable this feature for some of our photo collections but not all collections. I hope this is doable.
Allison B Zhang
Manager, Digital Collections Production Center
Washington Research Library Consortium
901 Commerce Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20774
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Gavin Spomer
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:29 PM
Subject: [greenstone-users] Digital Image Collections And CoolIris
A while back I discovered a nifty web browser plugin called CoolIris (named Piclens back then) which allows you view images at certain sites in a unique and fantastic way. The other day I revisited the CoolIris site (http://www.cooliris.com) as I have a new computer and wanted to install the plugin into all my browsers. I followed a link labled "Enable your website" and found that it was easy as including a .rss feed file and a <link> tage in a page's header to enable it. Sweet!
I then wrote a perl script that crawled/read the Greenstone collect directory tree on our digital archives server and constructed .rss files for each collection. I then added the appropriate link tag to
macro in style.dm and now all our collections are CoolIris enabled! :) If you wish to check it out, go to the CoolIris site, download/install the plugin and view our collections at:
There are CoolIris plugins for Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Flock. The download link should detect your browser and let you know if CoolIris will install in it. I found that there isn't a version for Opera. There's also searches within CoolIris for Google Images, Flickr, YouTube (yes, it does video too) and others. There's a few other features too. Fun to play with!
If there are enough people interested in doing this with their Greenstone image collections, I may carve out some time to make my perl script more user-friendly and universal as I wrote it specific to our installation. You're free to use my perl code and edit it yourself if you like, just email me.
Central Washington University