Index Data announces a new Open Source software tool: MKDru, a discovery/metasearch plugin for the popular Drupal Open Source CMS platform. The purpose of the plugin is to allow libraries and others to embed discovery/metasearch functionally directly into their websites.
We are often asked about where we stand on the discussion of central indexing versus broadcast metasearching. Our standard answer: “You probably need some of both” always calls for further explanation. Some time ago, I wrote this up for a potential business partner. If it sounds a little like a marketing spiel… guilty as charged. I hope the content will still seem interesting to some folks thinking about these issues. While our specific approach and technology may be ours alone, the technical issues described here are pretty universal.
MasterKey: Drupal (MkDru) is an open source module for the DrupalCMS that embeds a fully themable metasearch interface. It can perform queries against one or more Z39.50, SRU/SRW and SOLR targets via Pazpar2, our likewise open search daemon. More sophisticated target management and other functionality can be obtained through integration with the MasterKey platform.
A Drupal module integrating a client side metasearch interface for Pazpar2 and Service Proxy
Good things come to those who wait! Here’s the Code4Lib 2011 Report Part 2.
I toyed with the idea of postponing it indefinitely and have you checking
impatiently the Index Data’s blog RSS feed but Higher Powers persuaded me
otherwise :). Anyway, since there’s still some time until the next edition
of our favorite conference you can use this report to refresh your memory
or give you a taste of things to come…
So it took me a while to process all that happened during the conference and
come up with a short summary. I am not aiming to be anywhere near comprehensive,
Code4lib grows fast and there’s quite a lot of stuff going on each year!
This year’s talks covered a vast selection of subjects, ranging from
back-end software topics (databases and search engines with the ubiquitous Solr,
tuning, ranking and merging results from different sources) to front-end user
I spent most of last week up in Edinburgh, for the Open Edge conference on open-source software in libraries, attended mostly by academic librarians and their technical people. It was an interesting time, and I met a lot of interesting people. At the risk of overusing the word “interesting”, it was also of interest to see how widespread the deployment of “next-generation OPACs” like VuFind and Blacklight has become.
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.