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The New Zealand Digital Library provides many example collections, including historical documents, humanitarian and development information, technical reports and bibliographies, literary works, and magazines.

The examples page at lists many Greenstone collections, from all around the world.



  • To help learn how to write a configuration file for your collection, there are several fully-documented example collections placed at which explain, on the collections' home pages, just how they have been put together.
    • Simple Image This very basic image collection contains no text and no explicit metadata – which makes it rather unrealistic. The configuration file is about as simple as you can get.
    • Word and PDF This contains a few documents in PDF, MSWord, RTF, and Postscript formats, demonstrating the ability to build collections from documents in different formats. The collection configuration file is very simple.
    • Greenstone Archives A collection of email messages from the Greenstone mailing list archives, this uses the Email plugin, which parses files in email formats. The collection configuration file is very simple.
    • Bibliography With about 4,000 bibliography entries, this collection incorporates a form-based search interface that allows fielded searching. It is fairly complex.
    • Bibliography supplement This tiny collection of 10 bibliography entries illustrates the supercollection facility which searches several collections together, seamlessly. It operates together with the bibliography collection, and its configuration file is almost the same.
    • Paged Image This collection contains some newspapers from the Niupepa Maori Newspaper collection. Each newspaper consists of a series of scanned images and (optionally) the corresponding OCR text. PagedImgPlug is used to group the images into documents, and extended formatting is used to switch between image and text versions of each page.
    • CDS/ISIS This collection is built from a CDS/ISIS database of about 150 bibliography entries. It uses the ISISPlug plugin, which reads the standard ISIS .mst and .fdt files and converts them to Greenstone metadata.
    • MARC Based on some MARC records from the Library of Congress, this is a simple collection (and does not allow form-based searching).
    • OAI Using the Open Archive Protocol and the Import-From feature, this retrieves metadata from an archive and builds a collection from the records. In this case they are images, so both the OAI and Image plugins are used.
    • Development Library Subset Like the Greenstone Demo, this is a subset of the HDL – but much larger. It contains 25 publications – books, reports and magazines – in various areas of human development (the full HDL contains 1,230 publications). It has the same structure as the Greenstone Demo.
    • Authentication and Formatting With the same material as the original Greenstone demo collection, this shows off two independent features: non-standard document formatting, and controlled access to the documents via user authentication.
    • Garish This collection also contains the same material as the Greenstone demo. Its appearance has been altered to show how the pages generated can be set out differently. It relies on a non-standard macro file.
    • CSS demo This collection demonstrates Greenstone's use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual formatting in web browsers. On every page, you can change the style-sheet in effect, to modify that page's appearance.
    • DSpace A collection based on records exported from a DSpace institutional repository.
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