"These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled 'Celestial Empire of benevolent Knowledge'. In its remote pages it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies."
— Jorge Luis Borges,
The Analytical Language of John Wilkins
Liber is a resource cataloging application. It can be used to
catalog any resource identifiable by a URI, meaning it can be used to
catalog anything, however it is typically used to catalog web-based
resources. Liber has two interfaces, one for those creating the
catalog, and one for those using it. Currently, the interface for
catalog creators is simplistic and limited in functionality. The
interface for users, however, is more complete, featuring a "web
portal" style interface intended to make it easy for users to quickly
find very specific subsets of cataloged resources. See digitalequity.info for an example
of an active Liber portal.
Liber is implemented in the Ruby
programming language. The cataloging information, or metadata, is stored as RDF/XML.
As of 2002-10-16:
Version 0.9 Released
This is a snapshot of the code as it was when
Leeber development started. Use the "install.sh" script to take care
of the many dependencies Liber has.
As of 2002-09-09:
Development of Liber has stopped, as Liber has been superseded by
To download Liber, visit the SourceForge
project page for Liber.
Brandt Kurowski <email@example.com>
Last modified: Wednesday, 11-Dec-2002 17:16:23 UTC