From: Dave Bretthauer <Dave.B<retthauer@uc...> - 2001-06-26 18:22:11
[forwarded by request]
During the ALA/lita-oss business meeting, I mentioned about how
libraries in my country are working together developing our Digital
Library Network called Indonesia Digital Library Network (IDLN)
<http://idln.itb.ac.id>. Jeremy & Dave agreed to let me pursue this
matter further. So, here's is it.
One of the universities, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), developed
their digilib-nework in accordance with the IDLN. It is called
Ganesha Digital Library Network (GDL-Network.)
Ganesha Digital Library Network (GDL) <http://digilib.itb.ac.id> was
developed based on Napster idea in sharing resources. It is very
similar with Dan Chudnov's docster proposal. But they developed their
own protocol to accomodate the members with limited bandwidth or much
The GDL Hub acts as the central server that receive metadata from all
partners' servers and disseminate the whole metadata to the servers
It runs on Apache web server, using PHP4 and MySQL database server.
GDL current version is 3.1 and has been complied to IndonesiaDLN
Metadata Standard (see http://idln.itb.ac.id). It also uses
home-modified Swish-e Plus search engine. The metadata exchange
protocol is developed using GNU-C++. The client software can be run
on both Linux and Windows 9x machines.
This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the
International Development Research Center, Ottawa, Canada, and from
Yayasan Litbang Telekomunikasi dan Informatika, YLTI, Indonesia.
BTW, ITB also developed their own OPAC called ISIS-Online
<http://isisonline.lib.itb.ac.id/> using ISIS-freeWAIS and YNIS that
also run on Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP4. The application supports Z39.50.
Anyway, after all those long introductions, I want to let you all know
[especially Jeremy and Dave] that I contacted their principal
investigator and he has agreed to participate by presenting the GDL
and IDLN for the upcoming ALA (Atlanta or Toronto.) However, since
they don't have enough fund for the transportation and accomodation,
we will need to find a way to help them out.
Another possibility is the LEEP Distance Education
<http://leep.lis.uiuc.edu/demos/jenkins/> from U of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. Its purpose is similar with WebCT. It is developed
using Perl and hosted on Windows NT.
The principal developer of the LEEP application expressed an interest
on presenting their application for the ALA/LITA. I believe they
already made a presentation for ALA/ACRL last year in Chicago.
Oh, btw, speaking of WebCT, you probably also want to check out
Prometheus <http://www.prometheus.com/> from George Washington
Jeremy & Dave, if you need me to do anything else, please let me
bulk mails. postage paid.
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