Topic: What is Kete

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A brief summary of the Kete project.

Librarians in Horowhenua dreamed of a digital community database. They wanted : 

  • A database in which anyone, anywhere, could find whatever was available about our district.
  • A database with material covering any aspect of life in our district : art, crafts, history, genealogy, culture, anecdotes
  • Material in any relevant format – text, audio, video, URL, etc.
  • A way to build it that didn’t require library staff to do all the data entry.
  • People describe their material in their own words : natural language tags, not ‘approved’ subject headings. Call it folksonomy.
  • People add to, amplify or even contradict each other’s data – building a social network.
  • People use new technologies to keep in touch – like RSS feed.
Kete is the project that grew out of these idea. Kete provides a platform for developing community contributed content.
Kete allows uploading of different types of content: topics (html text based content), documents, audio files, images, movies and links. 
Kete is the māori word for basket, in the Kete system a basket is the overall organising structure for content. Beyond baskets content is organised by the community using tagging and relating pieces of content to each other. This means that content in the system will be found in many different ways depending on how a person searches or browses the site.
On the technical side, Kete is developed with Ruby on Rails, utilizes Zebra z39.50 full text indexing engine developed by IndexData, is fully compatible with Koha, and will be released under a  GNU General Public License (GPL). The Kete software is available for download and we invite other communities to build their own Kete. 

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