Build a search application in JavaServer Faces with mkjsf

If you are a Java shop looking to build web sites on top of Pazpar2 or our MasterKey platform, then MasterKey JSF (mkjsf) could be just the tool to kick-start your project. You know your J2EE and Ajax, and you might be considering JavaServer Faces for your UI development. Or maybe you have already developed […]

Creative Use of Pazpar2

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!

What if it’s about the People, Stupid?

Most of the science of Information Retrieval centers around being able to find and rank the right set of documents in response to a given query. We spend much time arguing about technical details like ranking algorithms and the benefits of indexing versus broadcast searching. Every Information Professional I know both deifies and fears Google […]

Index Data’s Integrated Discovery Model

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. […]

On preferring open-source software

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 […]