First semi-version of Simple Digital Library Index

Caroline Meeks caroline at
Sun Nov 1 19:34:13 EST 2009

Hi Mike,

This looks interesting.  I'm working on a course for teachers about Sugar
and I'm wondering if this is a tool I should potentially include.

Can you give me an overview of the problem its designed to solve and the use
cases and types of users who will be both using and populating it?

Is the library stored on the XS or the XO?
How does this compare/interact with infoslicer?


On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Mike Dawson <mikeofmanchester at>wrote:

> Dear All,
> Finally made a first version of Simple Digital Library Index that we
> have designed here to make libraries easier in limited connectivity
> scenarios:
> In this I've tidied up a lot of the code, added a javascript based
> search that works offline, and made a GUI for tagging folders and
> building the library itself.
>    *  Generates a plain old HTML browsing interface - no MySQL, PHP,
> etc. required
>    * Generates an index of all the meta data and files in the library
> - you can download this and use it the same way as a repository
>    * Generates a basic Javascript search system that works even offline
>    * Very simple to add content - just assemble folders of content
> and tag the files using their own format if required.
>    * Very easy to replicate - static HTML files are generated;
> therefor it can be easily copied to any medium, made accessible by
> being put into a webserver (e.g. Apache) directory
>    * Suitable for offline use or use on a school server that does not
> have an internet connection.
>    * Can be simply localized by using an XML dictionary file. Will
> look and see if this can be generated from po files etc. HTML pages
> will be automatically generated for each language as specified in the
> config file.
>    * Can be made full text searchable by feeding the index page to Nutch
> [1]
> Will be having the team here work on documentation and putting our
> example library online.  Still very much work in progress but hope
> this gives a flavor.  We have deployed it out here in Afghanistan and
> it works pretty nice for serving our offline websites and other media
> to kids.
> Regards,
> -Mike
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