The BEN Portal

The BEN Portal is a website established by the Biosci Education Network (BEN) Collaborative. The portal stores and serves Metadata Records for biological sciences teaching and learning resources in a central location to help facilitate the discovery (serarch/browse) of these resources.

Metadata Records from a number of collections belonging to the BEN Collaborative partners are harvested to the BEN portal periodically. Even though the Metadata is physically stored in the portal's database the “ownership” of the Metadata still stays with the partner collection the Metadata was collected from.

BEN Server Specifications

  • Sun Netra 400 MHz
  • 2 GB memory
  • Solaris 8 OS (SunOS 5.8)
  • Apache 1.3
  • Perl
  • PHP 4
  • MySQL 4
  • Cold Fusion 5
  • Verity search engine