Gaia Resources developed HermesLite as a project for the Western Australian Museum, and was funded by the Australian Biological Resources Study. The whole project has since been released as an open source project on SourceForge under a GNU General Public Licence.
HermesLite is deployable in two configurations. In data retrieval mode, it sits inside of an institutional network and extracts and sends data out of the network securely. This data is sent to the data receival and storage deployment, which takes the data, translates it and then stores it in a database according to a schema that you specify.
Once data is received by the receival and storage deployment, it can then readily be used in a range of other applications, like TAPIRLink or as WMS and WFS feeds via MapServer. A more detailed introduction to HermesLite can be found in presentations we've done at the 2008 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) conference. This involves a Powerpoint presentation (1.9MB PPT) or a Flash video (7.8MB SWF).
Before you start, there are a few things that you need to consider:
If you have all these things, then you are ready to go! Head on over to the SourceForge Project and get started.
For more information about HermesLite, contact Piers Higgs here at Gaia Resources via email, or phone us on +61 8 9227 7309.
Please note that Gaia Resources has released HermesLite as an open source product, under a GNU General Public Licence. As such, we provide assistance where we can (or where we are asked to), but we do not automatically and freely provide any warranty or support for the product in your implementation.