About MG

About MG

MG is an open-source indexing and retrieval system for text, images, and textual images. MG is covered by a GNU public licence.

The current version of MG is available for ftp from http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/mg/.


The MG system is an embodiment of ideas developed primarily by:


The bulk of the programming work has been undertaken by:
  • Stuart Inglis, University of Waikato;
  • Craig Nevill-Manning University of Waikato;
  • Neil Sharman, University of Melbourne; and
  • Tim Shimmin, RMIT.
A full list of contributors appears in the README file that is part of the software package.

Institutional Support

The MG project has been supported by the following organisations:


If you didn't just come from there, the MG home page is at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/mg/.

Further detailed information about the software (including examples and man pages) is available at http://www.mds.rmit.edu.au/mg/; and while that set of web pages has not been updated for mg-1.2.1, most of the information they contain is still correct.

The original ftp site at munnari.oz.au/pub/mg is now defunct.

Comments and Bug Reports

These should be sent to Alistair Moffat. In particular, note that Tim Shimmin (listed as being at tes@kbs.citri.edu.au, but that address is now defunct) is no longer associated with this project and is unlikely to respond to any mail you may send him.

And do please be aware that if you send suggestions for added "features", or bug reports, there is little likelihood of any immediate response apart from a "thank you for letting me know", as we currently have no funded support for MG, and any software development is voluntary on the part of my students. What I do guarantee is that your mail will be retained against the eventuality that one day someone does give us $50,000 for further software development. And if you have $50,000 you don't need, and thought MG was wonderful, well, remember us...

Alistair Moffat
August 1999