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.