16.349 Portal Toolkit released

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 349.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 08:04:16 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Portal Toolkit Developed by internet Scout Project

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    November 26, 2002

                  Internet Scout Project Releases Scout Portal Toolkit

    >Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 15:29:20 -0600
    >From: David Sleasman <sleasman@scout.wisc.edu>

    The Internet Scout Project is pleased to announce the 1.0 release of the
    Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT)!

    This open source software package, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
    Foundation, allows groups or organizations to develop a portal online
    without making a big investment in technical resources or expertise. This
    release marks the first post-beta release of SPT.

    Interested users and current beta testing organizations are strongly
    encouraged to offer feedback by taking a brief (12 questions) survey. This
    survey will help us gather information to refine SPT in future releases and
    evaluate our work to date. The survey can be found at

    The SPT 1.0.0 package features include:
    * Shipped with a MySQL database with Dublin Core compliant metadata
    default fields;
    * Cross-Field Searching (Advanced Search);
    * Metadata field editor, which allows portal administrators the ability to
    add, delete, or disable a variety of metadata fields;
    * Resource comments by Users;
    * Intelligent User Agents;
    * Resource Quality Ratings by Users;
    * Suggested Resource Referrals (Recommender System);
    * Accessible to users with disabilities;
    * -Support for RSS channel export and the Open Archives Initiative
    (OAI)Protocol for Metadata Harvesting 2.0;
    * Discussion forum options;
    For more information on SPT and its features, to explore a demo
    installation, or to download the software go
    to http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/research/SPT/
    Specific comments, question and bug reports can be sent to

    Also, the November issue of D-LIB Magazine has an article on the SPT
    software. Discussed are the key features and functionality. The article may
    be found at
    The development team looks forward to hearing your feedback!


    David J. Sleasman
    Metadata and Cataloging Services Coordinator
    Internet Scout Project
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Phone: 608-263-2674


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