[Web4lib] Kete 1.1 released
jransom at library.org.nz
Sun Aug 31 19:38:58 EDT 2008
We are delighted to annouce the release of Kete 1.1
Kete 1.1 is now available with a giant helping of new features and
improvements. This is also the first release where you can grab Kete
from our code repository's new home at Github.com. See
http://kete.net.nz/site/topics/show/25-downloads for details or browse
the code online at http://github.com/kete/kete/.
For those who haven't seen Kete in action, Kete is open source software
that enables communities, whether the community is a town or a company,
to collaboratively build their own digital libraries, archives and
repositories. Kete combines features from Knowledge and Content
Management Systems as well as collaboration tools such as wikis, blogs,
tags, and online forums to make it easy to add and relate content on a
Kete site. You could create a service like Google's Knol for your
community using Kete.
An in-depth list of features and issues resolved can be found at
, but here are some highlights:
• Privacy Control - ability to designate any item version within a
basket as only viewable to its members (guide at
• Content Licensing - users can choose from Kete instance's available
Licenses for a piece of content they create. Creative Commons licenses
are available to be loaded as license options with one command on the
server. (guide at
• OAI-PMH Repository - an Kete instance can optionally answer OAI-PMH
harvester requests for its content. (guide at
• Force use of SSL Encryption on Private Items and User Account
Information (optional) - Kete now can be configured to use HTTPS for all
sensitive areas (login, registration, private items, certain
administrator functionality). (guide at
For examples of Kete 1.1 in action check out Kete.net.nz
(http://kete.net.nz ) and Kete Horowhenua (http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz/).
The Installation Guide at
http://kete.net.nz/documentation/topics/show/114-installation has been
updated for Kete 1.1.
If you already have an existing Kete site, the upgrade steps are
We are also now using a much more robust issue tracker for reporting
bugs or requesting features at http://kete.lighthouseapp.com/, but I
recommend you take a look at
Kete 1.1's major work was funded by Te Reo o Taranaki, Aotearoa Peoples
Network New Zealand (http://www.peoplesnetworknz.info/), the New Zealand
Mental Health Commission (http://www.mhc.govt.nz/), Katipo, and HLT. It
was done by Walter McGinnis, Steven Upritchard, and new Kete team
members at Katipo, James Stradling and Kieran Pilkington. Patches were
contributed by Joe Atzberger and Mason James for Liblime as well as Sam
Villain for Catalyst IT, Ltd.
Kete is a Ruby on Rails application, so huge thanks go to those that
have worked on Ruby and Ruby on Rails for providing a great foundation
to build an application on top of. Thanks also go to the team at
IndexData (http://www.indexdata.com/) for their work on Zebra which Kete
uses as the basis for its search and browsing functionality.
Kete also benefits from numerous plugin and gem developers, see vendor/
plugins and config/required_software.yml for details. Thank you for the
great software libraries!
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