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suddenity
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Post by suddenity » September 30th, 2015, 1:50 pm

Hi there, I'm an occasional volunteer, an avid listener, and also a Masters of Library and Information Science student. I'm working on a class assignment that involves exploring and evaluating a digital library. I chose to write about LibriVox (because it's awesome!), and I was wondering if anyone can give me any information about the software/system that you use to run your catalog. Any technical details you can share would be very helpful!

I hope I've chosen the right part of the forum for this - if I'm in the wrong spot, just let me know.

Thanks,

Zoe

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Post by RuthieG » September 30th, 2015, 3:00 pm

This may not be very helpful, but it's all that I know. The site is a combination of WordPress and a custom database-driven catalogue built on CodeIgniter, which is an open-source PHP framework. It was designed specifically for LibriVox in 2013 with the help of a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Ruth
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ScottLawton
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Post by ScottLawton » September 30th, 2015, 8:18 pm

One version of the software is here: https://github.com/LibriVox/librivox-public ... though I'm pretty sure that's not the final one. Not sure if the PHP code is any help, but perhaps you can get something from the DB schema: https://github.com/LibriVox/librivox-public/blob/master/schema/librivox_catalog_new.sql

(I'm not an admin so can't give you any behind-the-scenes info, though I'm putting the finishing touches on an alternate catalog so I've learned a fair bit about the data.)

Scott
Cheers,

Scott
Aplt1.com - alternate LibriVox catalog that puts more info up front; optional iOS app

ekzemplaro
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Post by ekzemplaro » October 1st, 2015, 3:55 am

Hello Zoe san,

Do you know another LibriVox catalogs?
I keep one. Just visit this.
http://ekzemplaro.org/librivox/catalog/
You'll be also interested in
http://ekzemplaro.org/librivox/statistics/

Source code and data are available.
https://github.com/ekzemplaro/librivox_catalog
https://github.com/ekzemplaro/librivox_statistics

How to prepare data is here.
https://github.com/ekzemplaro/librivox_database

My advice is to make this catalog on your machine. You just need to make http server run.
Then you'll learn lots about LibriVox.
Enjoy.

Cheers,
Masa

suddenity
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Post by suddenity » October 1st, 2015, 5:20 pm

Ruth, Scott, and Masa,

Thank you so much! This will be a great help. It's fascinating to explore, even if I didn't have a paper to write. The stats alone are very interesting - how this community has grown in 10 years! My technical skills are pretty limited, so I would never have known where to start without your help.

I knew I could count on LibriVoxers to give me a hand. :)

Cheers,

Zoe

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Post by suddenity » October 1st, 2015, 5:24 pm

P.S. I will give credit for any info I get from the resources you've offered based on your LibriVox info, but if you would like to be credited by a name that isn't shown here or if you'd rather I didn't identify you at all, please let me know in a reply here. Probably the only person who will ever read this is my professor, but it's still important to cite diligently. ;)

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Post by annise » October 1st, 2015, 5:26 pm

Just bear in mind , the LibriVox.org catalogue is the only official one - people are free to make apps, other platforms, other media and even other catalogues but they may be wonderful or awful , true or false, better or worse.

Anne

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Post by ScottLawton » October 1st, 2015, 5:40 pm

suddenity wrote:P.S. I will give credit for any info I get from the resources you've offered based on your LibriVox info
My links point to the official LibriVox software. I have nothing to do with it, so don't credit me!
Cheers,

Scott
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ekzemplaro
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Post by ekzemplaro » October 2nd, 2015, 3:47 am

Hello Zoe san,
suddenity wrote: I will give credit for any info I get from the resources you've offered based on your LibriVox info,
Thank you.
It's my pleasure to learn that my resources are useful for you.
When you have a question, please feel free to ask.

Cheers,
Masa

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