On 26/02/2013 23:56, Robena Barton wrote:
In my job I have encountered a collection that sorely needs to be scanned and held digitally for easier search and retrieval functions, and as this is my first foray into digital collections I feel a bit out of depth. My feeling is that we would be best served by an open source CMS but my supervisor is shy about installing new and unfamiliar software and is wary about the security of holding data in a cloud network.
If you are interested in setting up a digital library, then Greenstone is pretty fast and easy. http://www.greenstone.org
It sets up right out of the box, installs very easily on Windows and can include all kinds of formats, including audio, images and others. It also allows for all kinds of metadata, and OAI-PMH metadata harvesting both ways. It’s been around for quite awhile now. There are demos you can work with. I worked a bit on it when I was at FAO of the United Nations, and even wrote part of the training section on cataloging and indexing. Often, documentation for open source projects is fairly weak, and is one of the real negatives for open source, but with Greenstone, it is some of the best open source documentation I have seen.
Having data on the cloud is the way everyone is going today. As with everything else, there are good points and bad points, but you can always keep backups locally. The good points are that you “get more bang for the buck”, that is, you normally get more computing power for the same, or less, money, plus the hosting agencies take on lots of responsibilities and save you from a lot of the headaches of hosting your own server locally.
I hope this helps.