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This manual provides a comprehensive description of how to use the Greenstone software for accessing and building digital library collections.

Section overview_of_greenstone gives an overview of the capabilities of the software. Section using_greenstone_collections explains how to use Greenstone collections. The interface is self-explanatory—the best way to learn is by doingand this section comprises the on-line help information for a typical collection. Section making_greenstone_collections explains how to build your own library collections using the Greenstone Librarian Interface. Section administration introduces the administration facility that allows the system administrator to monitor what is going on and control who can build collections.

Appendices list the features of the Greenstone software, and give a glossary of terms used throughout the Greenstone documentation.

Companion documents

The complete set of Greenstone documents includes four volumes:

  • Greenstone Digital Library Installer's Guide
  • Greenstone Digital Library User's Guide (this document)
  • Greenstone Digital Library Developer's Guide
  • Greenstone Digital Library: From Paper to Collection

Copyright © 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled “GNU Free Documentation License.”


The Greenstone software is a collaborative effort between many people. Rodger McNab and Stefan Boddie are the principal architects and implementors. Contributions have been made by David Bainbridge, George Buchanan, Hong Chen, Michael Dewsnip, Katherine Don, Elke Duncker, Carl Gutwin, Geoff Holmes, Dana McKay, John McPherson, Craig Nevill-Manning, Dynal Patel, Gordon Paynter, Bernhard Pfahringer, Todd Reed, Bill Rogers, John Thompson, and Stuart Yeates. Other members of the New Zealand Digital Library project provided advice and inspiration in the design of the system: Mark Apperley, Sally Jo Cunningham, Matt Jones, Steve Jones, Te Taka Keegan, Michel Loots, Malika Mahoui, Gary Marsden, Dave Nichols and Lloyd Smith. We would also like to acknowledge all those who have contributed to the GNU-licensed packages included in this distribution: MG, GDBM, PDFTOHTML, PERL, WGET, WVWARE and XLHTML.

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