[Web4lib] blue sky thinking
rcmason at rsproductions.net
Tue Jul 25 12:21:44 EDT 2006
For those without access to someone with the technical know-how, the tools at http://engagedpatrons.org/ are an excellent way to gain some of the advantages you speak of, at no cost to most libraries.
An additional hosting service that could be useful is http://www.icdsoft.com/ . I have used it for several sites, and currently run a blog, a discussion list, and a couple of wikis with minimal fuss.
I suspect that an effort at training more library people in setting up hosting and installing server software would be very beneficial. Teach a person to fish, and all that...
Good blue sky thinking!
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Mark Gilman <mgilman at dallaslibrary.org>
> Subject: [Web4lib] blue sky thinking
> Sent: 25 Jul '06 10:08
> This is just blue sky thinking and not pertaining to any institution in
> particular. What if an institution wanted to gain the benefits that accrue
> to libraries that have excellent server access and support in, say, a LAMP
> (Linux / MySQL / Apache / Php & PERL) environment but had limited means and
> possibilities. Is there any reason why something like this scenario
> wouldn't work?
> 1) buy cheap space on a Linux shared hosting server that provides root
> access such as
> http://www.spry.com/plesk-vps/ <http://www.spry.com/plesk-vps/> /
> <http://support.jodohost.com/showthread.php?t=1726> /
> 2) identify open source tools that significantly expand capabilities (i.e.
> Content Management Systems or other database server driven tools)
> 3) either install and configure these tools oneself or simply outsource it
> to someone via a site like http://www.elance.com/ <http://www.elance.com/>
> 4) point a DNS at this server only for those pages that rely upon the LAMP
> environment, but leave everything else "in situ". What would be the best
> way to do that? Could www2.yoursite.com be made to point to a different
> server from www.yoursite.com <http://www.yoursite.com> (the difference
> being the insertion of the Arabic numberal two just after the www, or is
> that not workable?)
> Apart from the obvious potential downwides (i.e. the guy who bids the job
> proves not be sufficiently capable) is there a fly in this ointment? Seems
> like the upside would be to enable public libraries to participate in some
> of the innovation that academic libraries are able to access by virtue of
> being embedded in technically forward looking environments with lots of
> computer science folks running around pushing the envelope, etc.
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