Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools (OPLIN)


Published on

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.

Published in: Technology, Education
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools (OPLIN)

  1. 1. Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools Laura Solomon Library Services Manager Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) [email_address] @laurasolomon
  2. 2. Google's patented PigeonRank™
  3. 3. databases
  4. 4. databases
  5. 5. databases = Ohio Web Library
  6. 6. A need for federated searching
  7. 8. Federated search since 2004
  8. 9. Ohio public librarians dissatisfied
  9. 10. First steps
  10. 13. 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>
  11. 14. First feedback
  12. 15. Fitting the pieces together
  13. 16. Still need a piece!
  14. 17. Launch date set
  15. 18. Making it user-friendly
  16. 19. 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>
  17. 20. 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>
  18. 21. Results
  19. 22. Never done
  20. 23. http://
  21. 25. 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> </li></ul>