Greenstone: A Platform for Distributed Digital Library Applications

  • David Bainbridge
  • George Buchanan
  • John McPherson
  • Steve Jones
  • Abdelaziz Mahoui
  • Ian H. Witten
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2163)

Abstract

This paper examines the issues surrounding distributed Digital Library protocols. First, it reviews three prominent digital library protocols: Z39.50, SDLIP, and Dienst, plus Greenstone’s own protocol. Then, we summarise the implementation in the Greenstone Digital Libary of a number of different protocols for distributed digital libraries, and describe sample applications of the same: a digital library for children, a translator for Stanford’s Simple Digital Library Interoperability 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.

Keywords

Distributed protocol Z39.50 CORBA graphical user interface support 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bainbridge
    • 1
  • George Buchanan
    • 1
  • John McPherson
    • 1
  • Steve Jones
    • 1
  • Abdelaziz Mahoui
    • 1
  • Ian H. Witten
    • 1
  1. 1.Waikato University, New Zealand & Middlesex UniversityUK

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