Annemarie, and Clay,
I don't know any more about greenstone, xml, and ead than what I read on
the greenstone website, but it does seem to be a respected and widely used
There is this message from someone using greenstone to build
collections, who, had planned to work on importing EAD.
(included below in case link rot sets in)
I'd like to draw your attention to several Greenstone collections created by
the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).
* Federal Theatre Project Poster Slides collection
Contains slides of over 600 posters used to promote Federal
Theater Project productions between 1935 and 1939.
* Felix E. Grant Collection
Contains over 300 photographs, radio interviews, and associated
Several collections released last year are linked on the Greenstone
Examples page, under "aladin special collections digital library". These
o Terence Vincent Powderly Photographic Prints
Over 300 photographs.
o Fenian Brotherhood Collection
Over 1500 pages of manuscripts.
o The William Staughton Collection
Over 300 pages of manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc.
o Timothy Vedder Letters
14 personal letters.
We experimented the following features with Greenstone.
+ A standard graphic interface with different flavors for
each individual collection.
+ Using Image Viewer to display multiple-page documents in a
+ Linking full-text transcriptions in HTML and PDF formats
in the records and viewing in a separate window.
We also plan to use Greenstone to deliver EAD finding aids.
Thanks very much for the great software Greenstone and all help
and support from Greenstone staff.
Manager, Digital Collections Production Center
Washington Research Library Consortium
901 Commerce Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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From: Clay Redding [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 3:54 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: XML delivery software -- best choices for Apple/Unix?
Good catch, Rick, I forgot about that one. Does Greenstone now support
arbitrary XML formats now, or still only its own XML format? I tried
Greenstone 2.39, but didn't like it because I would've needed to
transform the EAD to the Greenstone XML format to make it work. It
works well if you're not lazy like me. :)
To that extent, Fedora [http://fedora.info] could work as well,
especially given your ability to play with XML Web Services on your new
server. You could use the native EAD using Fedora. The demo has
examples of searchable finding aids from a Virginia project.
Zope [http://zope.org] may have improved its XML content management
capabilities for a turnkey solution, as well.
Silterra, Rick (END-CHI) wrote:
>I would suggest that you look into
>From: Clay Redding [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 2:26 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: XML delivery software -- best choices for Apple/Unix?
>I'm not sure if anyone responded to this or not, as I've been on
>vacation. If they have, please pardon any duplication.
>Since OS X is based on BSD, most anything that will run on Linux or Unix
>should work. Unfortunately I'm not aware of any free turnkey
>solutions. Proprietary solutions should still build properly on OS X,
>though. It sounds like your XServe will ship with Apache Tomcat and
>Axis for web services. With this setup, you could add Apache Cocoon for
>further delivery of the XML, HTML, etc., if you like. If I'm not
>mistaken, eXist [http://exist.sourceforge.net], which is an open source
>XML database, sits nicely over Cocoon which would allow for search and
>I had heard rumors (as of a year ago) that Cocoon didn't work very well
>with larger, document-centric XML files (like EAD). That may have
>changed. If you don't want to go with Cocoon, I'm simply using Tomcat
>with some simple Java servlets (Saxon 7.5 and FOP 0.20.5) for
>transforming to HTML, PDF, etc., at run time. If you prefer the static
>approach, Tomcat can work as a regular web server as well. This should
>run on OS X as nicely as it does on my Linux Mandrake box.
>Some OS X proponents have gotten the Sleepycat Berkeley DB XML
>[http://www.sleepycat.com/products/xml.shtml] up and running, but I have
>found its performance a little too slow, especially for larger EAD files.
>Hope this helps,
>Annemarie van Roessel wrote:
>>The Ryerson and Burnham Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago is
>>researching software solutions to deliver our EAD 2002 finding aids
>>in both native XML and transformed HTML, with good searching/indexing
>>functionality. We've looked through the EAD implementor write-ups
>>online, but since they're not dated, it's hard to tell what's most
>>current, especially for those of us running on a Mac OS X (BSDUnix)
>>platform. We've also searched the EAD listerv archives without a
>>great deal of luck. Our hardware will be an Apple Xserve G4, running
>>MacOS X Server (unlimited licensing) with Apache for web services.
>>If anyone has any suggestions about the best delivery and indexing
>>software to use for this platform, we'd be very grateful for your
>>opinions. Ideas about the most efficient way to offer transformed
>>HTML in this environment are also welcome. Keep in mind that we have
>>limited technical support and not a lot of time for in-depth
>>programming on our end, so solutions that are close to running
>>out-of-the-box are ideal.
>>Annemarie van Roessel
>>Lead Project Archivist
>>Ryerson & Burnham Archives
>>The Art Institute of Chicago
>>111 S. Michigan Avenue
>>Chicago, IL 60603-6110
>>(312) 443-3618 ph.