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GTI has moved

kjdon. Thursday, July 7th, 2016.

The GTI (Greenstone Translator Interface) is a Greenstone installation providing a web-based facility to translate the various Greenstone interfaces and websites, including the Greenstone2 and Greenstone3 runtime web interfaces, GLI’s interface, the installer interface, and the website. This facility has been moved to a faster and more reliable server. You can access the new interface at The status page showing the translation status of each module, for each language, is now available at

TWSO library moved

kjdon. Thursday, July 7th, 2016.

The TWSO library is a collection of concert programmes from the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. This has been moved to a new server, so update your bookmarks if you use this collection. It is now available at Note, the shortcut now points to the new site. The new server is much faster and more reliable than the previous one.

Sam’s Greenstone Blog 11/4/2011

sjm84. Monday, April 11th, 2011.

Hi all, welcome to another Greenstone development blog entry. Last week we finished up our work helping the FLAX team create a binary installer for FLAX that would work for any version of the Mac operating system. We also mapped out what needed to be done before we can release Greenstone 3.05 and we have started working on that. So far we’ve made decent progress and things are looking good for a release in the near future.

One of the big things that I am working on at the moment is adding extra features to the “oran” skin, which is likely to become the new default skin for Greenstone 3. In particular I have been working on various features that are present in Greenstone 2 but not available in this development skin yet, such as search term highlighting and search term frequency.

So that is what we will be continuing to work on this week.

Share your documents in Facebook or Twitter

Diego Spano. Thursday, April 7th, 2011.

Greenstone has a new macro that lets you share documents in social networks or email systems, using Addtoany tool . The new macro is called _shareme_  that belongs to package Global in The macro accepts two parameters: _1_ is the title of the link, and _2_ is the link to share. For _2_, the [srclink] is the default option, but any other metadata can be used too. The only requirement is that the value of that metadata must contain a well-formed URL that begins with “http://”.

If _2_ is left blank, then the link will point to the Greenstone version of the document.

You have to edit your format statement and add something like this:_shareme_([dc.Title],[srclink])

and then you will see “Share+, Facebook, Twitter, Mail , LinkedIn” icons.

_Share_ Icons

There is also a brief version called _sharemesmall_ that requires the same parameters and only shows Share+ icon.

_Sharemesmall_ Icons

The macro code is available with version 2.84. If you are using v.2.83 or earlier you have to edit file and add the following block:

**** Macro code - Begin ****

package Global

# Social network support
# Defined here in document, as the most likely place this will be used in
# within a document view, however its package is 'Global' because you
# might equally want this in a search or browse list

# _1_ = e.g. title
# _2_ = [srclink] or left empty.  If left empty, then it will share the internal GS document

_sharemescript_ {

<script type="text/javascript">
function fullDomainURL(localURL)
return window.location.protocol+'//';

<script type="text/javascript">
var a2a_config = a2a_config || \{ \};
a2a_config.linkname = "_1_";

var srclink = \'_2_\';

//If metadata value is a valid URL that starts with xxx://
// (e.g. any protocol\, http, https\, ftp ...) then that will be the link to share
if (srclink.match(/^[^:]+:\\\/\\\//i)) \{
a2a_config.linkurl = srclink;
else \{
//if metadata value is [srclink] then we have to cut off the 'href' tag label
var href = srclink.match(/href=\"([^\"]*)\"/);
a2a_config.linkurl = fullDomainURL(href[1]);
//if no metadata was passed as link\, then the GS version of the document will be used.
a2a_config.linkurl = fullDomainURL("_gwcgi_")+ "?c=_cgiargc_&a=d&d=_cgiargd_";

_shareme_ {

<div style=\'padding-left:50px;\' class=\'a2a_kit a2a_default_style\'>
<a class=\'a2a_dd\' href=\'\'>Share</a>
<span class=\"a2a_divider\"></span>
<a class=\'a2a_button_facebook\'></a>
<a class=\'a2a_button_twitter\'></a>
<a class=\'a2a_button_email\'></a>
<a class=\'a2a_button_linkedin\'></a>
<script type=\"text/javascript\" src=\"\"></script>

_sharemesmall_ {

<span style=\'padding-left:8px;\' class=\'a2a_kit a2a_default_style\'>
<a class=\'a2a_dd\' href=\'\'>Share</a>
<script type=\"text/javascript\" src=\"\"></script>

**** Macro code - End ****

Greenstone-Koha Integrated LIVE CD v0.6

John Rose. Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010.

HealthNet Nepal in Kathmandu has released a pilot version of the Greenstone-Koha Integrated LIVE CD on 15th October, 2010, in the framework of the Digital Library Network South Asia (DLNET-SA). The LIVE CD enables anyone with a PC to test and learn about Greenstone, the Koha integrated library system package and the application integrating these packages. Thanks are due to DLConsulting for their help in developing in the integration application and to Dr. ARD Prasad at DRTC in Bangalore for assistance in developing the LIVE CD. DLNET-SA hopes that this effort can go further and get better and better.

In this LIVE CD, there is Ubuntu with minimal a GNOME Desktop pre-configured with:

1. Greenstone Digital Library Software

2. Koha Integrated Library System

3. GSDL - Koha Integration

4. Sample Integration data

The CD Image (ISO) can be downloaded freely from Sourceforge at For detailed information about the features and facts you can visit

We are constantly trying to improve this CD and come up with latest version in the upcoming releases. The current version is called v0.6 is based on Ubuntu 10.4 (32 bits) and has the following versions of applications:

1. GSDL v2.83

2. KOHA v3.2.0

Announcement released on behalf of Dr. Mohan Raj Pradhan, General Secretary, DLNET-SA

Results from the Greenstone User and Developer Survey

laura. Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010.

We are pleased to announce that an overview of results from the 2009 Greenstone User and Developer survey is available online at:

Through the survey, we were able to gather information from a geographically dispersed group of organizations and individuals who use Greenstone Digital Library Software. A primary component of the survey focused on how support resources are used and how current resources meet user needs.

The overview includes results from all major sections of the survey, which were the following:

  • Background information (modes of use and basic use demographics);
  • User Satisfaction;
  • Support Mechanisms and Resources;
  • Organizational Contexts;
  • Technical Environments (Version Use and OS);
  • Collections and Audiences; and
  • Developers.

We’d like to thank respondents for participating in the survey and sharing information about their Greenstone experience!

First operational Greenstone OAI-PMH collections

John Rose. Thursday, December 24th, 2009.

The first two Greenstone collections to publicly implement OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Handling) are now fully operational for data harvesting.

They are:

* Biblioteca Digital Científica de les Illes Balears in Spain - the OAI base url is;
* Memoria Académica of the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata in Argentina - the OAI base url is

Both of these collections are registered in ROAR, OpenDoar and the Open Archives list of Data Providers.

By activating the integrated OAI-PMH Greenstone server, a Greenstone collection can participate in the worldwide open access network by which bibliographic data is made freely available by more than a thousand OAI-PMH data providers (often called open access repositories or institutional archives).

Several other Greenstone collections are referenced the above registries (7 in ROAR, 19 in OpenDoar which does not require OAI-PMH access for listing) but these collections have either not implemented OAI-PMH, or not correctly parameterised their server, or not correctly registered their service.

Interested users may consult the OAI support page on the Greenstone wiki.

In addition to providing an OAI-PMH server, Greenstone has integrated OAI-PMH harvester (in the Download tab in GLI) which permits the acquisition of data from OAI-PMH servers to enrich Greenstone collections; in addition to the access to bibliographic data as defined in the OAI-PMH protocol, this harvesting facility also enables downloading of the associated documents if they are referenced in the OAI-PMH records.

Users’ comments are invited on OAI in Greenstone, e.g. on technical issues or facility of use, on other existing operational collections unknown to us, or on plans for new OAI-PMH Greenstone services.

How to Build a Digital Library, Second Edition

Dave Nichols. Thursday, December 17th, 2009.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Second Edition of How to Build a Digital Library.

The Second Edition is a major rewrite, including new material on multimedia, metadata, internationalisation and the roles that people take in digital libraries. The book is divided into two sections: Part I on Principles and Practices and Part II on the Greenstone Digital Library Software. This division allows the book to be used for general digital library courses (using any software) and frees Part II to provide the most detailed description available of the Greenstone software suite.

The book website has lots of supporting material including: samples of the Preface and Chapter 1, an online Appendix on markup and XML, and all of the Figures and Tables.

Witten, I.H., Bainbridge, D. & Nichols, D.M. (2010) How to Build a Digital Library, Second Edition. Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann.

Front cover of How to Build a Digital Library, Second Edition

More details at and WorldCat.

Greenstone User (& Developer) Survey

laura. Thursday, June 18th, 2009.

Please take the Greenstone User Survey!  10-15 minutes of your time can help us learn more about Greenstone software users and developers. With your help, we will gain a better understanding of Greenstone software and support resource use and satisfaction; in what ways Greenstone users interact with and use the software; and the organizational and technical environments in which Greenstone software is used.

If you work with Greenstone to:
•    Develop digital library collections;
•    Teach about digital libraries;
•    Learn about digital libraries;
•    Develop language interfaces for Greenstone;
•    Develop other functionalities or code for Greenstone;
•    Disseminate or otherwise support use of Greenstone,
You are eligible to participate in this study.

How to participate:
Read information about the survey and your rights as a participant at:
Then click the link at the bottom of the survey information page to continue to the survey.

In addition to the online survey, a pdf version is also available.
Contact Laura Sheble at for a copy of the pdf survey.

Want to do more?
Help us distribute the survey:  Inform other Greenstone software users
and developers about this survey by posting a link to this blog entry
or by sending an email with the information above. Thank you for your help!

Expanding the Southern African Greenstone Support Network

Amos Kujenga. Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009.

The Southern African Greenstone Support Network (SAGSN) consists of many libraries developing digital collections with the aid and assistance of a number of National Centres of excellence. To date the Network has National Centres at libraries in Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The Support Network would like to include more countries in and beyond the Southern African Region through the establishment of a number of new National Centres. In countries with an presence National Centres usually work closely with their national library consortium.

This Call invites libraries (or related organisations) actively engaged in digitisation efforts and digital libraries who are interested in the possibility of becoming a National Centre, to contact the SAGSN Regional Coordinator, Amos Kujenga (, for further discussion.

The closing date for the Call is Friday the 12th of June 2009.

As guiding documents the National Centre Terms of Reference and a Call for Participation are available as downloadable PDFs. The Terms of Reference are the present and future Centres’ touchstones.