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Metacat: XML Metadata Database
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Version: 1.2.1 Release
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Send feedback and bugs to: metacat-dev@ecoinformatics.org
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                           http://bugzilla.ecoinformatics.org
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Contributors: Matt Jones (jones@nceas.ucsb.edu)
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              Chad Berkley (berkley@nceas.ucsb.edu)
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              Jing Tao (tao@nceas.ucsb.edu)
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              Jivka Bojilova (bojilova@nceas.ucsb.edu)
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              Dan Higgins (higgins@nceas.ucsb.edu)
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Metacat is a flexible database storage system for XML formatted
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documents. Metacat models the structure of the XML document, therefore
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allowing storage of XML documents with arbitrary schemas. Metacat supports
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several databases on the back-end, including Oracle, PostgreSQL and SQL
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Server.  The server supports XML document storage, retrievel, query,
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validation, and transformation (using the XSLT stylesheet language).
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In addition, there is a mechanism for replicating the database
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to other metacat instances for backup and load balancing purposes.
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Metacat currently uses an LDAP database for authenticating users, but
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was written to accomodate other authentication services as well.
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Release Notes
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Fixes in 1.2.1:
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  1) If an inserted EML dataset document has NOT a triple links an access
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     control document with itself, Metacat will no longer create an  
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     entries in the xml_access table for access file itself.
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  2) Fixed bugzilla bug 916.  Metacat will no longer throw an exception 
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     when there are illegal characters in the spatial search fields.
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Installation
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See the file "docs/user/metacatinstall.html" for detailed instructions.
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Documentation
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See the docs directory for detailed documentation and installation
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instructions.
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Details of the Metacat architecture can be found on the website for
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the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB):
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  http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/metacat/
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Contributions to this work are welcome.  Please see the above web site
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for details on how to contribute.
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Major Known Bugs or Feature Requests (see http://bugzilla.ecoinformatics.org)
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If you discover a bug
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please report it, either by email (above) or by using our bug tracking
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system (http://bugzilla.ecoinformatics.org). There is a list of currently
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unimplemented features in Bugzilla that we are working on for the next
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release (no, we don't have a date yet!).
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Legalese
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This software is copyrighted by The Regents of the University of California
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and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
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and licensed under the GNU GPL; see the 'LICENSE' file for
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details.
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This material is based upon work supported by the
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National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB99-80154 and DBI99-04777.
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Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this
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material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
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the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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This product includes software developed by the Apache Software
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Foundation (http://www.apache.org/). See the LICENSE file in lib/apache
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for details.
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The source code, object code, and documentation in the com.oreilly.servlet
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package is copyright and owned by Jason Hunter. See the cos-license.html file
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for details of the license.  Licensor retains title to and ownership of the
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Software and all enhancements, modifications, and updates to the Software.