Welcome to the Greenstone Institutional Repository sandbox. In Greenstone, The Depositor provides a web-based document submission system. The depositor can be accessed through the link below.

Through the customization of macro statements, various workflows for submission can be supported. The above collections demonstrate this: the first -- which is based around a Fine Arts image repository example -- is intentionally minimalist. This is a good starting point for those people looking for an introduction to what institutional repositories can do, and how to set about it using Greenstone.

The second example clones the workflow submission for DSpace. While the macro structures for this are considerably more complex, they too are available for inspection, and should serve as a useful basis for a host instituion setting up a more sophisticated institutional repository with Greenstone.

The third example is the standard Greenstone demo collection. This has not been modified and therefore shows the standard depositor sequence that Greenstone provides by default.

To try these workflows out, click on the Depositor button below. You will need to enter a username and password to carry on. Please use username: depositor, password: deposit. This user has been set up to have permissions to modify all of the sample collections.

Helps you create new collections, modify or add to existing ones, or delete collections
Helps you to add documents to existing collections
Allows you to add new users, summarizes the collections in the system, gives technical information on the Greenstone installation
Tells you about the Greenstone software and the New Zealand Digital Library Project where it originated
Greenstone manuals

Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is open-source software, available from http://greenstone.org under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

The aim of the software is to empower users, particularly in universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to build their own digital libraries. Digital libraries are radically reforming how information is disseminated and acquired in UNESCO's partner communities and institutions in the fields of education, science and culture around the world, and particularly in developing countries. We hope that this software will encourage the effective deployment of digital libraries to share information and place it in the public domain.

This software is developed and distributed as an international cooperative effort established in August 2000 among three parties.

New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato
Greenstone software grew out of this project, and this initiative has been endorsed by the Communication Sub-Commission of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO as part of New Zealand's contribution to UNESCO's programme.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The dissemination of educational, scientific and cultural information throughout the world, and particularly its availability in developing countries, is central to UNESCO's goals as pursued within its intergovernmental Information for All Programme, and appropriate, accessible information and communication technology is seen as an important tool in this context.

The Human Info NGO, based in Antwerp, Belgium
This project works with UN agencies and other NGOs, and has established a worldwide reputation for digitizing documentation of interest to human development and making it widely available, free of charge to developing nations and on a cost-recovery basis to others.