An open source endeca? Solr, patacriticism and faceted browsing.
This week many of the folks from the UVa library took a field trip to the NCSU library to look at how they do things, especially at their famous endeca OPAC. The OPAC kicks some serious ass, and I’m as impressed as can be about it, and yet…
Today I saw a demo of Erik Hatcher’s faceted browsing system for the NINES project. It’s built on Apache software: lucene and solr. The project itself is of course open source, too, and an early release is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/patacriticism.
Don’t let the project description fool you. I’m sure it can also be used to “develop interpretive tools for online humanities” as they claim, but what you need to know is that this is the faceted browser for those of us who can’t afford endeca. I can’t wait to see how this develops.
If anyone organizing the Access conference or the next code4lib conference reads this, book Erik as a keynote speaker ASAP. This is hot.