Cambridge Search Meetup review – Two different kinds of university search

James Alexander of the Open University talked first on the Access to Video Assets project, a prototype system that looked at preservation, digitisation and access to thousands of TV programs originally broadcast by the BBC. James' team have worked out an approach based on open source software - storing programme metadata and video assets in a Fedora Commons repository, indexing and searchi...Continue reading

Outside the search box – when you need more than just a search engine

Core search features are increasingly a commodity - you can knock up some indexing scripts in whatever scripting language you like in a short time, build a searchable inverted index with freely available open source software, and hook up your search UI quickly via HTTP - this all used to be a lot harder than it is now (unfortunately some vendors would have you believe this is still the case, which is reflected in their hefty price tags). However we're increasingly asked to develop features ...Continue reading