Design and Implementation of Online Groundnut Abstracts Database using Webspirs

International Journal of Computer Science (IJCS Journal) Published by SK Research Group of Companies (SKRGC) Scholarly Peer Reviewed Research Journals

Format: March - 2009

Copyright: All Rights Reserved ©2009

Year of Publication: 2009

Author: Sumanth Kumar VV1 and Shanthi D2

Reference:IJCS SI – 2009/02

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Abstract

Development of web based abstract information system is an attempt to address the problem of retrieving and providing the wider access to the abstracts present in CD format and need to be distributed to the scientists physically for accessing the abstracts. CAB Abstracts is a comprehensive file of applied life science information containing all records in the 44 abstract journals published by CAB International [CABI]. Online implementation of these abstracts increases the scope of the distribution of scientific information among the scientist of National Research Centre for Groundnut and to other groundnut research groups spread over India. The main goal of this software is to give working solutions to researchers in identifying and retrieving the required information from vast abstracts that are available at NRCG for the period of 1972 to 2005. Initially the Linux based Samba server is used for implementing as Samba server was deployed rapidly, which solves the difficulty in sharing cab abstracts among different systems in the local network. Later to enhance the access of these resources over internet, web based system was implemented using WebSPIRS software. This enhanced the robustness, makes resource share and shares abstracts more conveniently over worldwide web. The online sharing of abstracts is practicable and was implemented successfully at National Research Centre for Groundnut.

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Development of online groundnut abstract information system is an attempt to address the problem of retrieving and providing the wider access to the abstracts which were purchased from CAB International. The National Research Centre for Groundnut has purchased all the field crop CAB abstracts from 1972 to 2005. CABI has provided 26 CDs in this regard. For retrieving information from these discs, scientist has to load all the CDs in to their desktop computer systems which is very time consuming. Also, loading all the abstracts in to desktop PC slows down it considerably and take more than 500 giga bytes of storage space which makes the whole process of access cumbersome. Because of these inherent problems these abstracts are not being used much even though they are highly sought in the scientific community.

CAB Abstracts is a comprehensive file of applied life science information containing all records in the 44 abstract journals published by CAB International [CABI]. Online implementation of these abstracts increases the scope of the distribution of scientific information among the scientists and officers of National Research Centre for Groundnut and toscientists of ACIRP-G spread over India. The main goal of this software is to give working solutions to researchers in identifying and retrieving required information from vast information that are available at NRCG for the period of 1972 to 2005 through web based platforms. Samba server was deployed rapidly, which solved the difficulty in sharing cab abstracts among different systems in the local network. The effectiveness of samba safety mechanism, such as security level, encrypt password and firewall are implemented. Later to enhance the access of these resources over internet, web based system was implemented using WebSPIRS software. This enhanced the robustness, makes resource share and shares abstracts more conveniently over worldwide web. The online sharing of abstracts is practicable and was implemented successfully at National Research Centre for Groundnut.
1) Materials and Methods
The system was developed with following hardware and software tools: (A) HARDWARE Server : Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz Dual Processor, Original Intel Server Board4 GB RD RAM and 400GB HDD Client : Any ordinary desktop with minimum 1 GB RAM. (B) SOFTWARE Following is a reference list of software used to develop and implement the software: Operating System : Red Hat Linux 9.0 (Linux operating system) with WebSPIRS installed. Set – I: Client-Side Interface : WinSPIRS shortcut is pushed into all desktop systems. Databases : All CAB Abstracts copied into the File System of Server File Server : Samba Server 3 Set – II: Client-Side Interface : Standard Browser, WebSPIRS URL is provided to all. Databases : All CAB Abstracts copied into the File System of Server File Server : WebSPIRS A CAB abstract database information system is designed and developed based on client-server approach and has been implemented in Red Hat Linux 9.0 Linux server using Samba Server as File Server and WinSPIRS as software for accessing and browsing the abstracts. The CAB-IS is designed to permit users to query the database at concurrently by many users at any single point of time. All this information was shared from digital library server using WinSPIRS and set in all the computers in the ARIS CELL for quick search and downloading required abstract in the floppy. The scientist/tech. staff of the institute are downloading the required images/information/abstracts for their research purpose using this facility. Later feedback from scientists of NRCG were collected and they wanted to access these abstracts from anywhere in the world which currently restricted to NRCG LAN only. Then it was decided to go for a Web based server called WebSPIRS to enhance the access of the information through worldwide web.


Keywords

Online Groundnut Abstracts, WebSPIRS

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