[Server-devel] Pathagar

David Farning dfarning at activitycentral.com
Wed Jun 5 14:15:28 EDT 2013

On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM, Tony Anderson <tony_anderson at usa.net>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > When I looked at Pathagar originally, it only worked when connected to
> the
> > internet. Has this changed?
> >
> It works on any interface, as long as you can get to it from the XO or
> any other laptop. The books are preloaded within Pathagar and the
> onboard sqlite database + django powers the rest. The OPDS catalog and
> pages are available via a browser or via ReadBooks activity. The ones
> we sent to Madagascar last week are on Marvell DreamPlugs running WLAN
> side, disconnected from the Internet. Whenever someone does connect
> the DreamPlug (via Ethernet) to the Internet in Madagascar, it sets up
> a OpenVPN connection for us to be able to get back in and push
> book/media updates via rsync.
> You can try it out by grabing a VM here:
> http://www.olpcsf.org/pathagar
> The VM expects to get an IP address via DHCP over a bridged interface.
> > What can Pathagar store? Is it limited to pdfs? As I remember, it created
> > database entries with extensive (library standard) cataloging
> information.
> It can store any file format, I suppose. I've tried audio and video
> successfully. Minimal entries are the file itself, title, and author,
> I think. You can add a whole bunch of other info if available. These
> are: description, tags, language, publisher, rights ,ISBN, etc.

If I understood Seth Woodworth correctly, he intends to emphasize books in
the short to midterm. This will enable him to focus on an awesome
bookserver rather than get bogged down in full blown digital library. This
allow curation teams, either deployment or remote, to start working a
curation best practices.

Phase two hopefully in Q3 2013, probably in Q1 2014, will focus on the
broader issue of a 'digital library.' It will be useful to have the
experience of running an end to end (curation to delivery) bookserver under
our belts before we tackle the larger problem of 'digital library.'

We would love to build on your experience with e-pustakalaya as we look at
the issues around a digital library.

 > Is that still required? In many cases, that information is not easily
> > available (e.g. multimedia items).
> >
> Not required. Optional.
> cheers,
> Sameer
> > Tony
> <snipped>
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David Farning
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