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Re: Free documents database.

On Fri, Apr 19, 2002 at 02:38:58PM -0500, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 09:44:52PM +0200, Gaetano Paolone wrote:
> > Our aim is to collect every document, every text released under the
> > terms of a free license.
> > We are using Dewey to classify documents.
> > We are also using Dublin core metadata elements and
> > OMF elements to classify resources. This ensures cross
> > compatibility with librarian classification systems.
> Are you aware of http://db.linuxdoc.org/, which exports an OMF
> description of all the Linux Documentation Project's documents? It would
> be worth coordinating with them.

Yes I am aware of linuxdoc database and we had a great thread few
weeks ago with Merrill who appreciated our project.
I think linuxdoc database is great and I think is excellent to manage
LDP documents.
Projects are similar because they share almost the same metadata
(yes, we both use OMF even if OMF is unmaintained right now and
undeveloped... unfortunately)
but they are _not_ identical and it is important to notice 
differences between them.

- it is a database for LDP documentation
- it contains non free documents
- it does not manage translations (although according to Merrill it is starting from scratch
  a new project in order to manage them)
- it does not manage officially published editions.
- it does include only technical documentation.

our project
- it is a database for every documents released under a free license
- it will contain _only_ free documents/e-text
- it manages translations for every resource
- it manages officially published editions for every resource
- it may include every kind of free text/document (technical, scientific,
  medical, etc.)

These are only few of all differences. You should consider that db.linuxdoc.org
is born to make it easier to manage the big amount of ldp documentation.
It is born to manage revisions, contributors, authors and so on.
Our project is born for the user who wants to find free documents
related to something. (We have in fact primary and secondary category,
we have keywords, descriptions, etc. in order to make it easier to
retrieve data). E.g.: it could be useful for the user to retrieve
every document related to OpenBSD released under the terms of GPL,
written between 2000 and 2001 containing keyword «security».
Then he could check if there are translations or published editions of
these documents.

What do you think?

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