2002-01-22T15:25:34+13:00 (22 years ago)

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    6969razor sharp edge of the <i>patu</i> symbolizing the leading edge of
     73_textaboutgreenstone_ {
     74<p>Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing
     75digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing
     76information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone
     77is developed and produced by the <b>New Zealand Digital Library
     78Project</b> at the <b>University of Waikato</b>, and distributed in
     79cooperation with <b>UNESCO</b> and the <b>Humanity Libraries
     80Project</b>. It is open-source software, available from <a
     81href="http://greenstone.org">http://greenstone.org</a> under the terms
     82of the GNU General Public License.
     84<p>The aim of the software is to empower users, particularly in
     85universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to
     86build their own digital libraries.  Digital libraries are radically
     87reforming how information is disseminated and acquired in UNESCO's
     88partner communities and institutions in the fields of education,
     89science and culture around the world, and particularly in developing
     90countries.  We hope that this software will encourage the effective
     91deployment of digital libraries to share information and place it in
     92the public domain.
     94<p>This software is developed and distributed as an international
     95cooperative effort established in August 2000 between three parties.
     98The New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato.
     100The Greenstone software grew out of this project, and this initiative
     101has been endorsed by the Communication Sub-Commission of the New
     102Zealand National Commission for UNESCO as part of New Zealand's
     103contribution to UNESCO's programme.
     105The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
     107The dissemination of educational and scientific knowledge throughout
     108the world is central to UNESCO's goals as enunciated in its
     109Constitution, and information and communication technology is seen as
     110an important tool in this context.
     112The Humanity Libraries Project, based in Antwerp, Belgium.
     114This project works with UN agencies and other NGOs, and has established
     115a worldwide reputation for digitizing documentation of interest to
     116human development and making it widely available, free of charge to
     117developing nations and on a cost-recovery basis to others.
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