Index to Philippine Newspapers Online
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The Index to Philippine Newspapers Online is a custom-developed web-based article indexing and retrieval system for U.P. Diliman University Library's collection of newspapers in print and microfilm.
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  The Index to Philippine Newspapers  
  The Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN) is the University of the Philippines Main Library’s index to nineteen (19) locally published newspapers. The newspaper index, which started in 1981, was originally a guide to eight (8) locally published newspapers, namely: Manila Bulletin; Philippine Daily Express; Manila Chronicle; Philippine Daily Inquirer; Philippine Star; Malaya; Manila Times; and Times Journal.

An initial automation of the newspaper index, which started in 1991, continued until 1995. During this time, records were encoded in a CDS/ISIS database. After 1995, the project was stopped due to the unavailability of staff to encode and verify records in the database.

In 2001, another attempt to automate the IPN was initiated by the author and developer of this new IPN Online to continue encoding of article indexes into a database. Records were converted from the CDS/ISIS to a new system using a proprietary database. The data in 3x5 slips from 2001 moving backwards to the 1996 issues were encoded by the Computer Services staff. Encoding continued until 2006 and the database has grown to more than 162,000 entries covering nine (9) newspapers published from 1991 to 2006.

In 2006, the author completed the development of the new Index to Philippine Newspapers Online as a requirement for the degree of Master of Library and Information Science. His thesis was entitled "Design and Implementation of a Web-based Online Database of the U.P. Diliman Main Library's Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN)."

The IPN Online is a complete automation software for newspaper management and article indexing. It includes the following major features:
  • Newspaper Management / Issue Management
  • Article Indexing
  • Online Public Access Catalog (search engine)
  • Online Request Interface (for reading/extended reading, photocopying, or printing)
  • Circulation Module (Lending of newspapers in print/microfilm)
  • Built-in Authority File (for subjects and author names)
  • Virtual Cart (bookmarking records)
  Technical Info  
  The database and application modules developed for the IPN Online is powered by the following free open-source software:
  • OS Platform: CentOS 4.3 Linux
  • Database Backend: MySQL 5.0
  • Web Server: Apache 2.0
  • Scripting Language: PHP 5.2 using MySQLi extension and ADODB
  The Author  
  Chito N. Angeles is currently Information Technology Officer II and Head of the Computer Services Section of the University Library, U.P. Diliman. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the U.P. School of Library and Information Studies handling Information Technology (IT) courses. He specializes in database design and web development.

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