[greenstone-users] Set up of the National Water Information Centre Kinshasa / Dem. Rep. Congo

From Ralph Elsaesser
DateThu Feb 24 04:06:33 2011
Subject [greenstone-users] Set up of the National Water Information Centre Kinshasa / Dem. Rep. Congo
Dear Greenestone Experts,

The German International Cooperation (GIZ) currently is setting up a
National Water Information Centre in Kinshasa with a couple of
computers, scanners, printers. We invite dozens of national services to
digitize and organize their documents in one common document database.
We are currently in the process of selecting the software. As it should
be a freeware software, we came across Greenstone.

I found the Greenstone software very attractive for our purposes but
there are a few questions left where I am not sure whether I found the
right answer to.

(1) I installed the program locally and it runs well. Is it possible to
install it on a set of 5 computers sharing the same documents on a
network attached storage (without installing the Web version)? I tried
by changing a few paths in cfg-files and the website seems to run well,
but the librarian Interface seems to have serious problems. I read
somewhere that this kind of system architecture is not supported.

I did not try to install it on the NAS drive (U:) during the setup.
Would this solve my problems? It would be OK if a collection is editable
by only one client at a time.

(2) If I install it on a Webserver (not yet done), would this allow to
edit the collections simultaneously by two computers?

(3) If I install it on a Webserver, would it be still possible to export
a collection or a subset to a locally installed system (every service
should get the possibility to use a local copy - Internet connectivity
is very poor in Kinshasa)

Thank you for a quick response!

Ralph