|Greenstone: a platform for distributed digital library applications|
Bainbridge, D., Buchanan, G. R., McPherson, J. R., Jones, S. R., Mahoui, A., Witten, I. H. (2001) P. Constantopoulos and I. T. Solvberg (eds), Proc Fifth European Conference on Research and Advance Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL'01), LNCS 2163, Darmstadt, Germany, 137-148. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg.
This paper examines the issues surrounding distributed Digital Library protocols. First, it reviews three prominent digital library protocols: Z39.50, SDLIP, and Dienst, plus Greenstoneu2019s own protocol. Then, we summarise the implementation in the Greenstone Digital Library of a number of different procols for distributed digital libraries, and describe sample applications of the same: a digital libary for children, a translator for Stanfordu2019s Simple Digital Library Intereroperability Protocol, a Z39.50 client, and a bibliographic search tool. The paper concludes with a comparison of all four protocols, and a brief discussion of the impact of distributed protocols on the Greenstone system.