Tools for Faceted Search

27 Oct 2009 - 10:43am
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frances botsford
2009

Does anyone know of good tools for enabling faceted search? I've seen
this:

http://flamenco.berkeley.edu/

but it looks pretty old. I work for a university, so pricey
commercial solutions probably won't work for us.

Thanks for your help!
Frances

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27 Oct 2009 - 5:25pm
Andy Edmonds
2004

The leading open source faceted search tool is Solr, a deriviant of the
longstanding freetext engine Lucene.

See it in action, paired with Drupal, at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/search/site/social%20security

<http://www.whitehouse.gov/search/site/social%20security>Adding Drupal to
the mix makes a great 1-2 punch.

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:43 AM, francesmb <frances.botsford at simmons.edu>wrote:

> Does anyone know of good tools for enabling faceted search? I've seen
> this:
>
> http://flamenco.berkeley.edu/
>
> but it looks pretty old. I work for a university, so pricey
> commercial solutions probably won't work for us.
>
> Thanks for your help!
> Frances
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27 Oct 2009 - 7:01pm
Kim van Poelgeest
2009

Or Simile Exhibit:
http://www.simile-widgets.org/exhibit/
If anyone has some documentation for comparisons on the available
tools I'd love to see references.

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27 Oct 2009 - 3:55pm
greg
2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 2:43 AM, francesmb <frances.botsford at simmons.edu> wrote:
> Does anyone know of good tools for enabling faceted search?

The Apache Solr project is a powerful search engine that supports
faceting and many other features including "more like this" and
spelling suggestions.

http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

It requires that your content is managed in some way already that can
be input into the Solr index, but there are many pieces of "bridge"
software to fill this gap. You can get a hosted version of Solr from
Acquia for only $349/year. Their service is primarily geared toward
the Drupal content management system but could theoretically be used
by other systems.

Regards,
Greg
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