[IPT] IPT-lite in Google code?

Tim Robertson (GBIF) trobertson at gbif.org
Fri Mar 19 14:23:21 CET 2010

Dear all,

Please let me clarify the position on this.

The "IPT-Lite" is indeed a custom source version of the IPT that was  
produced when GBIF had a need to transform very large datasets in the  
ECAT work program and exhibits the functionality that Dag describes.   
The "IPT Lite" is not supported as a tool, and currently exists only  
as a custom build.

The IPT development roadmap has on it the inclusion of "lite"  
functionality into the IPT itself.  In the future, when a user creates  
a resource, it will be possible to choose to omit certain options  
(generation of a resource web application, the TAPIR interface, the  
mapping) and only create metadata and the DwC-Archive, and register  
the resource with GBIF.  A user might select this option when their  
need is to serve large datasets, or if they have no desire for the  
resource web application, perhaps if they have an Insitutional web  
site for example.  This is expected to be included in the next release  
of the IPT.   It is also being proposed that all the Mapping  
capabilities (e.g. Geoserver) be made optional during installation, to  
drastically reduce the server resources needed to run the IPT.  Maps  
will still be offered in the Web application through Google Map  
overlays, but the OGC WMS and WFS will be lost.

Following these functionality changes, I anticipate a period of  
functional stability and a strong focus on the robustness of the IPT  

Best wishes,

On Mar 19, 2010, at 1:25 PM, Dag Terje Filip Endresen wrote:

> Hi Hanna,
> The DEMO site for IPT LITE is at:
>   http://ipt-lite.gbif.org/index.html
> There is an OLD compile of the IPT LITE from the Google Code site  
> (September 15, 2009)
> http://gbif-providertoolkit.googlecode.com/files/gbif-ipt-lite-1.0RC2.war
> I did not test this LITE version myself. But I expect that this LITE  
> version is much less demanding regarding memory. The LITE will only  
> provide a tool to generate the Darwin Core text Archive (DwC-A) and  
> not provide the visual display of your datasets.
> See also the Google Code Issue 254:
> Revive IPT lite to be build via war overlay based on the regular IPT.
> "IPT lite is a stripped down IPT that does share 99% of IPT code  
> base, but removes the entire portal,
> webservices and even the database storing dwc records. It is only  
> meant for creating dwc archives
> as efficient as possible and authoring metadata about the resource.  
> Good for large datasets and a
> hosting environment."
> http://code.google.com/p/gbif-providertoolkit/issues/detail?id=254
> I believe that you will build a recent version of the IPT LITE  
> together with the standard IPT if you download the source code (SVN  
> checkout) and build this with for example Maven. BUT it is probably  
> much easier for you to download the GBIF IPT LITE 1.0 RC2 to start  
> testing this version of the toolkit...
> The Darwin Core Google Code project includes a Darwin Core Archive  
> (DwC-A) reader (dwc-archive-1.0.jar, dwca-reader-1.0.jar). I am not  
> sure how (if at all) these relates to the IPT LITE. But perhaps  
> worthwhile to test as well?
>   http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/downloads/list
> I have no hands-on experiences with the LITE version so I copy my  
> reply to the IPT mailing list to see if we can catch any remarks for  
> others more experienced with this LITE version.
> Cheers
> Dag Terje
> From: Hanna Koivula [mailto:hanna.koivula at helsinki.fi]
> To: dag.endresen at nordgen.org
> Sent: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:48:26 +0100
> Subject: IPT-lite in Google code?
> Hi Dag!
> It was nice to meet you in Alikante! I’ll try to get some pics from  
> the Castillo to the community site…
> You mentioned that you have commented how to make IPT Lite on the  
> Google code platform. Can you guide me where to find that? I think  
> our developers would love to try that out, since our Metacat  
> installation is not proceeding and they need to get the metadata out  
> in public somehow…
> Best wishes,
> Hanna
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