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 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
More information on SPT and its features, to explore a demo installation, or to download the software is available on-line.
Specific comments, question and bug reports can be sent to SPTSupport@scout.wisc.edu.
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 on-line.
The development team looks forward to hearing your feedback!
David J. Sleasman
Metadata and Cataloging Services Coordinator
Internet Scout Project
University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu--Posted with permission