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[Savannah-register-public] [task #6035] Submission of IWF Metadata Harve

From: Laurence Finston
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #6035] Submission of IWF Metadata Harvester
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 08:12:00 +0000
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                 Summary: Submission of IWF Metadata Harvester
                 Project: Savannah Administration
            Submitted by: lfinsto1
            Submitted on: Tuesday 10/31/2006 at 09:12
         Should Start On: Tuesday 10/31/2006 at 00:00
   Should be Finished on: Friday 11/10/2006 at 00:00
                Category: Project Approval
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
        Percent Complete: 0%
             Open/Closed: Open
                  Effort: 0.00



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discards the registration.


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Full Name:
  *IWF Metadata Harvester*

System Group Name:

  non-GNU software &amp; documentation

  GNU General Public License V2 or later

  The IWF Metadata Harvester is a package that reads data from servers,
writes it to databases, implements various kinds of searches, and
writes HTML files to display the results. It currently handles data
from two kinds of interface: OAI (Open Archives Initiative), which
provides XML, and Z39.50, using the Pica format.

It is available from the following FTP server:

I have used Donald Knuth and Silvio Levy's CWEB package for the C++
code, so that pretty-printed versions of the programs are included in
the package:
This directory also contains the manual, which has been written using
the Texinfo package.  It is available in the following formats:
DVI, PostScript, PDF, and HTML.

Because the IWF Metadata Harvester is Free Software, libraries,
archives, or any other providers of metadata could make it available to users
with no purchase, registration, special license arrangements, or (subject to
local laws) liability.

Other Software Required:
  The sub-package `ZTest' depends on the YAZ library supplied by the Danish
company Index Data (  YAZ is Free Software and
listed in the FSF/UNESCO Free Software Directory.

The IWF Metadata Harvester has been developed on a system running
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and using Visual Studio, Visual C++ .NET and
Microsoft SQL Server 2000.  However, I have tried to make it as portable as
possible under the circumstances by avoiding the ATL and MFC types, classes,
etc., as much as I could.  However, it has not been possible to do without
them completely.  More recent code uses them less.  I hope that it will be
possible to use the files of SQL code with free database packages without too
many alterations.  I plan to port the package to GNU/Linux myself at the
earliest opportunity. 

Other Comments:
  I have already discussed the possibility of having the IWF Metadata
Harvester project hosted at Savannah with the Savannah Hackers.  Porting the
package to a Free system is personally a high priority for me.  However, my
work on the project is currently being financed by the IWF - Wissen und
Medien gGmbH, Goettingen, Germany, so I must continue to develop the package
using non-Free products for the present, and hope for better days.


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