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Greenstone in Practice: Implementations of an Open Source Digital Library System (SIG DL)

Ian Witten, Allison Zhang, Tod A. Olson, Laura Sheble

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


The Greenstone digital library software is a comprehensive, open-source system for constructing, presenting, and maintaining digital collections. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is widely used internationally, and collections exist in many of the world's languages. Greenstone runs under Unix, Windows and Mac (OS/X) and is issued under the GNU general public license.

Selecting and implementing Greenstone helped many digital library practitioners build comprehensive and flexible digital collections at relatively low cost, and allowed them to tailor the software for local environments and organizational needs.

You will learn about

*         How to use Greenstone’s Librarian Interface to build a multimedia collection

*         How Greenstone is customized to build and deliver a variety of digital collections including images, comic books, audio files, PDF collection, and EAD finding aids, etc. at a library consortium

*         How Greenstone is implemented to develop a collection of music scores with METS-encoded metadata

*         The results of the 2004 Greenstone User Survey, which focused on support mechanisms, as well as the characteristics of organizations implementing Greenstone, their audiences and system

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