Where do I learn more about the use and functionality of the GeoNetwork opensource catalog?
The Quick Start Guide will provide you with an excellent first introduction. The Guide can be downloaded from the GeoNetwork Community website
I am having difficulty installing multiple instances of GeoNetwork on the same server
To run multiple installation you have to change the ports that GeoNetwork uses in order to avoid conflicts. The port are:
What is normally logged when running GeoNetwork opensource?
GeoNetwork has its own internal logging based on log4j Logging services (written to the file jeeves.log). Additionaly there are log files generated by the web server (Jetty , Apache Tomcat etc..) and by the DBMS used (for example by the internal McKoi SQL ).
How do I control what is written to the GeoNetwork internal log file?
The logging is configured in the file
What is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and how can I use, participate and contribute to the GeoNetwork opensource project?
The book "Producing Open Source Software" (shown in Figure A.1, “Producing Open Source Software”) is a highly recommended book for anyone working on open source software projects. It provides insight in all aspects of FOSS development and on how to make a project succesful. If you are interested in participating in the GeoNetwork opensource project, please spend some time reading through this book. It's definitely worth the time and money (so buy the hardcopy if you can afford it!).
Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.
The book is available in bookstores and from the publisher (O'Reilly Media), or you can browse or download it from http://producingoss.com/. Producing Open Source Software is released under an open copyright that allows everyone to share and modify the book freely. The latest version is always available on the website. The online version is the same as the commercially available print version ? in other words, you can buy a printed copy and know that it's up-to-date.