One of the problems we’ve had over and over at Index Data is that we build all these cool back-end tools – things like the metasearching middleware Pazpar2 – but then don’t have a good way to show them off. We’ve never really focussed much on building UIs, so we have to do demos that go like this:
We’re in the business of making access to information easier for people and, most of all, for SOFTWARE that in turn makes that information available to people. A lot of our software is based around a kind of switchboard or functional ‘hub’ model which means that when we extend a capability in ONE area, new possibilities open up in other areas that we don’t necessarily even think about ourselves.
Our own Mike Taylor has been invited to speak at the Berlin Open Access Conference on the 19th of November in Berlin, Germany. Also on the program along with Mike will be representatives of three European governments: UK Universities & Science Minister David Willetts, German Education & Research Minister Johanna Wanka, and European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.
MKJSF is an open source library (mkjsf.jar) that you can include in your JavaServer Pages project to create a rich and responsive search interface on top of our high-performance meta-search engine Pazpar2.
To see an example of the concept in practice, check out the JSF demo site.
A JSF library giving access to Pazpar2 commands and responses from the XHTML page.
MasterKey Express is an inexpensive hosted Discovery portal focused exclusively on Open Content. It enables you to expose hundreds of free, open access resources for your patrons. A web console enables you to select resources individually or by category, to customize the experience for your users.
It’s always fun to see someone do something really neat with your software. This elegantly designed search interface for Asia studies makes excellent use of Pazpar2. I particularly like the clever use of a bar chart for the date facet. Nice work!
Index Data has introduced a new service that breaks down the boundaries between library systems and online data sources. Do you have an information source that stubbornly refuses to let itself be integrated into your user portal? Are you frustrated by the lack of standardized APIs to the information sources that you desperately need to access? MasterKey Connect can help.
If you’re planning on attending ALA Midwinter in Seattle, Washington, please be sure to drop by and visit Index Data at Booth #1110. We love to visit with old friends and new, and ALA is a wonderful place to touch base.
If you’d like to chat, please give us a call to set up something in advance, since our schedule tends to get a little crowded during the conference.
Since 1994, Index Data has offered software development, consulting and integration with a focus on search. Our pioneering involvement in open source and open standards dates back to the first release of the YAZ toolkit for Z39.50 in 1995.