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Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools Laura Solomon Library Services Manager Ohio Public Library Information Network (O...

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Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools

Libraries spend a considerable amount of money each year on subscriptions to proprietary databases of online information. The most efficient way to access these expensive resources is through a federated search tool, but due to a lack of speed and difficulty of use, some third party federated search products can leave both patrons and library staff dissatisfied. Solomon describes how OPLIN undertook the development of a federated search tool that is “Google-like” in nature and provides accurate results with fast response times. She shares the process used to create a unique tool that combines both open source and proprietary components that has resulted in significant increases in both searches and documents retrieved.

Libraries spend a considerable amount of money each year on subscriptions to proprietary databases of online information. The most efficient way to access these expensive resources is through a federated search tool, but due to a lack of speed and difficulty of use, some third party federated search products can leave both patrons and library staff dissatisfied. Solomon describes how OPLIN undertook the development of a federated search tool that is “Google-like” in nature and provides accurate results with fast response times. She shares the process used to create a unique tool that combines both open source and proprietary components that has resulted in significant increases in both searches and documents retrieved.

Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools

  1. 1. Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools Laura Solomon Library Services Manager Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) [email_address] www.oplin.org
  2. 2. databases
  3. 3. databases
  4. 4. databases = Ohio Web Library
  5. 5. A need for federated searching
  6. 7. Federated search since 2004
  7. 8. Ohio public librarians dissatisfied
  8. 9. First steps
  9. 12. Pazpar2 <ul><li>Record merging </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance ranking </li></ul><ul><li>Record sorting </li></ul><ul><li>Faceted results </li></ul>
  10. 13. First feedback
  11. 14. Fitting the pieces together
  12. 15. Still need a piece!
  13. 16. Launch date set
  14. 17. Making it user-friendly http://www.bugbash.net/comic/7.html
  15. 18. We added: <ul><li>Stripping entries for problem characters </li></ul><ul><li>Specific search categories </li></ul><ul><li>A “searching” progress bar </li></ul><ul><li>Spell check </li></ul>
  16. 19. All the pieces: <ul><li>(Customized) pazpar2 engine </li></ul><ul><li>OpenTranslators </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo spellchecker API </li></ul><ul><li>EZProxy </li></ul><ul><li>Custom page design </li></ul><ul><li>Custom scripting </li></ul>
  17. 20. Results
  18. 21. Never done
  19. 22. http:// www.ohioweblibrary.org
  20. 24. Questions? <ul><li>Laura Solomon </li></ul><ul><li>Library Services Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.ohioweblibrary.org </li></ul>

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