I don't know how much power the Duvaliers still hold, but she may want
to have her collection deposited/mirrored by a trusted organization.
My concern is that the family may twist the host's arm to suddenly end
her hosting. It's probably not an issue, but it would be worth it to
have the collection held somewhere that won't cave to pressure.
Getting hosting in the US is a good idea, but the host may still be
prone to being pressured into ending her service, esp. if the cause
picks up steam.
There are archives that collect this sort of thing, so it would be
worthwhile to get in touch. Columbia has a live web archive of human
rights material, so they may be a good candidate (if only to put the
site on weekly/biweekly crawl - even if her site dies, the
documentation will be extant/trusted).
On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Wilhelmina Randtke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The type of hosting plan will determine what kind of search they can do.
> Wordpress probably isn't the best platform for this, unless you can put a
> search layer on top of it. It's a bit clunky with handling the files -
> made for browsing to files, not searching.
> -Wilhelmina Randtke
> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Jason Raitz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Okay, I just got some more information that makes the problem much clearer
>> and adds a time sensitivity.
>> I was going to cut and paste, but it looks like there is a legal factor to
>> this that may make sending identifiable information in the clear a bad
>> idea. It looks like this is actually an organization that it hoping to
>> document the human rights abuses conducted under the former Duvalier
>> dynasty in Haiti with the aim (I believe) of getting him convicted. It's
>> goal is to set up the library interface and have Renee go to to Haiti to
>> train people to use and manage the library.
>> Renee does have background setting up Wordpress sites and writing basic
>> HTML. They've purchased hosting on Godaddy and hope to use a MySQL db.
>> the documents are in 4 languages and all types of media formats: pdf,
>> audio, images and video.
>> current skeleton wordpress site: http://haiti-lutte-contre-limpunite.org
>> They hope to create the whole shebang in the next month! Definitely
>> doesn't sound like an academic library timeframe. ;-)
>> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Jason Raitz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> > I've just been contacted out of the blue by someone working with a joint
>> > Haitian/French human rights organization that needs to create a
>> > bilingual elibrary on human rights violations in Haiti. They've secured
>> > hosting in America for various reasons and they have a few thousand or
>> > documents to store, index and make available. The lady I talked to had
>> > interest in using facets and storing the documents in a MySQL db. I
>> > briefly suggested that Solr and Blacklight might be where they're
>> > I also suggested that she might be able to get more help from an I-school
>> > like my alma mater, UNC-SILS.
>> > If anyone would like to assist her or has some ideas or experience with
>> > such things, her email is reneeasteria [at] gmail [dot] com.
>> > She didn't tell me much more beyond this. I believe that she doesn't
>> > consider herself a programmer (I bet we would consider her a coder :-) ),
>> > she's been working with statistical software for a number of years, and
>> > that she is able to learn what's necessary.
>> > I'm not sure of any protocols, but I went ahead and CC'd Renee on this
>> > message.
>> > Cheers,
>> > Jason Raitz
>> > NCSU Libraries