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  <p><a href="/software/download.html">Download Metacat</a></p>
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  <p><a href="./metacatinstall.html">Metacat Installation Instructions</a></p>
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  <p>Metacat is a flexible metadata database. It utilizes 
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     <a href="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml" target="offline">XML</a> as a 
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     common syntax for representing the large number of metadata content
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     standards that are relevant to ecology.  Thus, Metacat is a generic XML
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     database that allows storage, query, and retrieval of arbitrary XML 
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     documents without prior knowledge of the XML schema.
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     documents without prior knowledge of the XML schema.  For a user level
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     overview of Metacat, please visit the 
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     <a href="../user/metacattour.html">Metacat Tour</a> documentation.
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     The Metacat database models XML documents as a DOM tree, basically 
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     decomposing the nodes of the XML document and storing the node data
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     as a series of records in a relational database via a JDBC connection.
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     At this point, only Oracle and PostgreSQL have been tested as a backend databases, but
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     we have avoided RDBMS specific features in order to maintain portability
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     At this point, only Oracle and PostgreSQL have been tested as a back end databases, 
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     but we have avoided RDBMS specific features in order to maintain portability
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     to other relational databases.
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     supported mechanism for interacting with Metacat, but have not yet
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     implemented this functionality.
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  <p><img src="./metacat.gif" /></p>
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  <p><img src="../user/metacat.gif" /></p>
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  <td>The pages below provide more detailed descriptions of the 
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      various components of the Metacat Servlet. Take the Metacat Tour for 
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      a detailed look at the algorithms and implementation of Metacat.
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      various development and architecture subjects involved in Metacat.
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    <ul>
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      <li> <a href="./metacattour.html">A Tour of Metacat</a></li>
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      <li> <a href="./dev/api/index.html" target="offline">Javadoc API 
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           Documentation</a></li>
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      <li> Metacat developement hardware requirements </li>
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      <li> Metacat Architecture </li>
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      <li> Setting up a Metacat Eclipse project </li>
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      <li> <a href="./testmetacat.html">Testing Metacat</a></li>
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