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Current Issue (Issue 154)

Thought of the Week:- "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
CWIS:- http://scout.wisc.edu/Projects/CWIS/ Open Source(737 KB). Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD.

The Collection Workflow Integration System (CWIS) is a turnkey web-based software package designed to allow groups with collections of information to share that information with others via the World Wide Web and integrate that information into the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). It is software to assemble, organize, and share collections of data about resources, like Yahoo or Google Directory but conforming to international and academic standards for metadata. CWIS was specifically created to help build collections of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resources and connect them into NSF's National Science Digital Library, but can be (and is being) used for a wide variety of other purposes. Features of the software are -

Resource annotations and ratings.

Keyword searching (with phrase and exclusion support).

Fielded searching.

Recommender system.

OAI 2.0 export (with oai_dc and nsdl_dc schemas).

RSS feed support.

Integrated metadata editing tool.

User-definable schema (comes with full qualified Dublin Core).

Prepackaged taxonomies (includes GEM Subject taxonomy).

User interface themes.

Turnkey installation.

This software is developed by Internet Scout Project. They also developed similar software Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT), which I have already reviewed in this newsletter (issue 75). The difference with SPT is that CWIS is being developed specifically for use by collections developers who want to integrate their work into NSDL (National Science Digital Library). Specifically, CWIS comes pre-packaged with the nsdl_dc schema (set of metadata fields) and GEM subject taxonomy, includes reference links to various NSDL-related resources, and includes a set of user interface themes specifically intended for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) sites.

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Site of the Week:- http://a9.com/

It is an Amazon company providing the search facility through this site. The home page gives the 7 reasons for using A9. It includes Amazon's "search inside the book" results. When you see an excerpt on any of the book results, click on the page number to see the actual page from that book. If you choose to sign in, it will keep track of what you've been searching and allow you to repeat the search with one click. Search history is stored on their server and so user can see it from any computer.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal