CarLibrary.org - The Digital Sports Car Library
April 22, 2016
After creating a few
trial collections using the Greenstone
open-source software in 2011, then putting those samples on a "self-running"
(Windows only) DVDs, the collection of sports car and racing periodicals scanned by the late Bob Norton
was made into a new "Sports Car Library". This collection consists of 571 '50s - '60s periodicals, including:
World: 73 issues
Newsletter: 35 issues
West Coast Sports
Car Journal: 35 issues
Sports Car Race
Programs: 7 issues
Bob additionally scanned
over 1,000 separate "race" reports as jpg images. However, these
were not indexed or have complete file names, except as they are stored in particular folders (directories)
for each race venue. They
are not included in the digital library, but are in a separate folder described
The periodicals were
scanned to PDF "image" files and cannot be searched for text.
These can be converted by OCR software, but this would be a long and tedious
project. However there is a text index to all of the MotoRacing
periodicals, which can be searched for names and other terms.
Programs, loaned by Bill Pollack were also scanned, but not every page. These are PDF "text" files, fully searchable.
The completed Greenstone
library is just over 5 GB (too large for a DVD); it easily fits on a 8
or 16 GB USB drive. Using a 16 GB drive, the Sports Car Library was
transferred in two versions - a Greenstone digital library, indexed by title,
date and description. This self-running library only runs on a Windows
PC. For Mac users, there is a second version on the 16 GB USB drive,
all of the periodicals in separate folders under the main "The Norton Scan Project"
folder. The "MotoRacing" folder also contains the separate
race results images in the "MotoRacing-Results" folder.
Using the Sports Car Library
Open the "The Norton Scan Project"
folder. Further open any folder with the periodical title you want
to check, such as "CompetitionPress" or "SCCA National Newsletter".
Browse through the volume folders and select any individual issue to
open. As described above, individual race results are in the "MotoRacing"
folder as is the index to these periodicals.
All of the periodicals
have been re-labeled since originally scanned by Bob Norton with more
descriptive titles, such as "CP-Vol01-02.pdf". Originally,
their titles only made sense as the belonged to a specific folder, much like
the individual race results images.
Browse "The Norton Scan Project"
folder as described above. When the USB drive loads and presents choices, select "Open folder to view files using Windows
Explorer". Then click on "server.exe", which has a globe
(Note that the USB
drive is set to load automatically, much like a CD or DVD. But most
security software will disable this function.)
The first time the
Library loads, a file named "llssite.cfg" will be created to
"point" the library to the location of its files for faster loading
on next use. If you switch between PCs, this may point to the wrong
location and result in an error message. If so, delete the "llssite.cfg"
file and click "server.exe"
Greenstone menu will appear; select "Enter Library".
The browser will open
on the main menu. Click on "Sports Car Library" image (to
the left) to enter the main library. The middle image, "Digital
Library Project" will open the web pages that explain the entire digital
car library project. The right image, "The Fabulous Fifties"
will open a collection of this group's newsletters from 2004 through 2011.
The first menu of the
Sports Car Library explains how you can find a periodical:
There are 4 ways to find information in
- search for particular words that appear
in the text by clicking the Search button
- browse documents by Title by clicking
the Titles button
- browse documents by Date by clicking
the Dates button
- browse documents by Description by
clicking the Descriptions button
After choosing "Title, Date or
Description", a "bookshelf" listing will appear to show how
many volumes or items are contained in it. Click the bookshelf icon to
the left. Click again on the icons to the left to further drill down to
individual periodicals and click on the Acrobat icon to the left of the
periodical to open it.
Indexing may be
improved in the future!
Email me with
any questions or comments: Bob Schmitt firstname.lastname@example.org