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Websites on a shoestringGood cheap collection data publishingN. Dean PentcheffRegina Wetzer

Natural History Museum

of Los Angeles County

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Why put collection data on the Web?

  • A collection's value is in its information
  • Information is useless unless shared
  • The Web is our most efficient way to share
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Why put collection data on the Web?

  • A collection's value is in its information
  • Information is useless unless shared
  • The Web is our most efficient way to share

Because you’d like to keep your job...(post-Terry Yates address)

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Talk Outline

  • Why put collection data on the web?
  • How do data flow from collections to the Web?
  • What are the main pieces of that process?
  • Who can provide the tools to do that?
    • commercial vs. free software
    • promises and costs
    • recommendations
  • Data: examples from NHMLAC
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The flow of data to the Web

Collection with

label and other data

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The flow of data to the Web

Collection with

label and other data

Desktopdatabase

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The flow of data to the Web

Collection with

label and other data

Databaseaccessiblefrom webserver

Desktopdatabase

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The flow of data to the Web

Collection with

label and other data

Databaseaccessiblefrom webserver

Webserver

software

Desktopdatabase

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The flow of data to the Web

Collection with

label and other data

The Web

Databaseaccessiblefrom webserver

Webserver

software

Desktopdatabase

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Databaseaccessiblefrom webserver

Webserver

software

Server operating system

What are the main piecesof that process?

Collection with

label and other data

The Web

Web server hardware

Desktopdatabase

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Talk Outline

  • Why put collection data on the web?
  • How do data flow from collections to the Web?
  • What are the main pieces of that process?
  • Who can provide the tools to do that?
    • commercial vs. free software
    • promises and costs
    • recommendations
  • Data: examples from NHMLAC
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Who can provide the tools?

Commercial software vendors

Free or Open-Source software

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Commercial software vendors

  • Operating system
    • Microsoft Windows Server; Sun Solaris
  • Web server
    • Microsoft IIS
  • Database
    • Oracle; IBM DB/2; Microsoft SQL Server
  • Web front-end software
    • Macromedia ColdFusion; Microsoft ASP
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Free or Open-Source software

  • “Free” as in “freedom” (and often in cost)
  • Freedom to examine and enhance source code
  • Freedom to share any enhancements
  • Licensing so that “...it becomes an inalienable right to cooperate with other people and form a community” Richard M. Stallman 2002
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Free or Open-Source software

  • Operating system
    • Linux; BSD
  • Web server
    • Apache
  • Database
    • MySQL; PostgreSQL
  • Web front-end software
    • PHP; Mason
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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost
    • Full support for the end-user
    • Ease of use for users with little expertise
  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
    • Reputation for requiring wizard-level expertise
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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost ?
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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (5 CAL) $844 (includes IIS web server)

Microsoft SQL Server database $1226

Total for the base server$2070 (required)

Microsoft 20 CAL Package $647(optional)

Macromedia ColdFusion $799(optional)

Dell 2600 low-end server (no software) $2598(optional)

Total Startup Cost $2000 – $6000

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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost
    • Full support for the end-user ?

“Gives you peace of mind to have the support of an established web leader that offers world-class support, services, and a recognized Partner community to ensure your success.” Macromedia ColdFusion 2003

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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost
    • Full support for the end-user
    • Ease of use for users with little expertise ?
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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost
    • Full support for the end-user
    • Ease of use for users with little expertise

“Any sophisticated software is going to take some expertise to run.” Me 2003

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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost ?
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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost

Red Hat Linux $0 (includes Apache web server)

MySQL database $0

Total for the base server$0 (required)

Access licences $0

PHP or Mason $0

Scavenged desktop PC $0

Total Startup Cost $0

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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support ?
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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
    • Reputation for requiring wizard-level expertise ?
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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
    • Reputation for requiring wizard-level expertise

“Any sophisticated software is going to take some expertise to run.” Me 2003

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Promises and costs

  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
    • Reputation for requiring wizard-level expertise
      • High quality documentation is available

“Any sophisticated software is going to take some expertise to run.” Me 2003

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Promises and costs

  • Commercial software
    • High initial cost
    • Full support for the end-user
    • Ease of use for users with little expertise
  • Free or Open Source software
    • Low or zero initial cost
    • Support by the community of user/programmers
    • Reputation for requiring wizard-level expertise
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Talk Outline

  • Why put collection data on the web?
  • How do data flow from collections to the Web?
  • What are the main pieces of that process?
  • Who can provide the tools to do that?
    • commercial vs. free software
    • promises and costs
    • recommendations
  • Data: examples from NHMLAC
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Recommendations

  • You will need to develop some expertise(or hire someone with expertise)
  • Your choice:
    • develop expertise and pay for commercial software
    • develop expertise and use Free software
  • Free software allows you to start small and tinker
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Example Server

20,000 – 40,000 complex accesses per day

500 – 1000 Mbytes data distributed per day

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Publishing collection data

  • The value of a collection comes from the information in it and we must share that
  • Commercial approaches have high initial cost and are not necessarily simpler
  • You will need to develop (or hire) expertise
  • Free software lets you start small and grow later
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Publishing collection data

  • The bad news:You have no excuse for not having your collection data on the Web
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Publishing collection data

  • The bad news:You have no excuse for not having your collection data on the Web
  • The good news:There’s no reason you can’t have your collection data on the Web
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Publishing collection data

  • The bad news:You have no excuse for not having your collection data on the Web
  • The good news:There’s no reason you can’t have your collection data on the Web
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Publishing collection data

  • The bad news:You have no excuse for not having your collection data on the Web
  • The good news:There’s no reason you can’t have your collection data on the Web