Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a way of organizing information and publishing it on the web or on removable media such as DVD and USB flash drives. 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, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Read the Greenstone Factsheet for more information.
The aim of the Greenstone 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. Further information can be found in the book How to build a digital library, authored by three of the group’s members.
A demonstration site using Greenstone3 http://www.greenstone.org/greenstone3/library
There are two major versions of the software: Greenstone2 and Greenstone3. Greenstone3 is under active development, and is recommended for download. We also provide maintenance releases for its forerunner, Greenstone2, which is widely used around the world. Greenstone3 is backwards compatible with Greenstone2 collections. If you are new to Greenstone we recommend downloading version 3. If you already have a Greenstone2 installation, you may choose between upgrading to the latest Greenstone2 release, or migrating to Greenstone3. The Librarian Interface in Greenstone3 includes a conversion tool to assist migrating collections.
Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It is not a digital library but a tool for building digital libraries. The software provides a way of organizing information and publishing it on the Web in the form of a fully-searchable, metadata-driven digital resource. It can also be run in a non-networked environment (standalone), operating from removable media such as a USB Flash Drive and DVD. Greenstone has been developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO in Belgium. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License. In 2004 its developers received the IFIP Namur award for “contributions to the awareness of social implications of information technology, and the need for an holistic approach in the use of information technology that takes account of social implications.”