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Search Plugin - Embeddable GUI Search Tool

Presenter 1
Harsha Ummerpillai
ICPSR, University of Michigan

ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations.

It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. Our core partner websites are custom built and they provide unique user experience that suits the needs of partnering institutions and funding agencies. So as we are building new generation of digital asset management systems at ICPSR, we focus on building shared capabilities that are easy to maintain, but configurable to meet needs of varying websites and styling and themes.

Plugin Features

We are excited to demonstrate an embeddable search GUI component that is both reusable and configurable built on top of Apache Solr Index. It is designed and implemented using common browser technologies like HTML, JavaScript (Facebook ReactJS) and CSS with a shared search server component supporting the solr query syntax. This allows the websites to include search GUI and results pane with minimal coding, independent of specific web technology stack.

A specific custom website can include this search component very easily with few lines of JavaScript code and linking JavaScript library and associated style sheets provided by the central search manager. Search also provides an auto-suggest feature, where successful search terms are automatically memorized with actual result counts. Allowing system to machine learn and suggest better and alternate search terms as the system matures with more usage.

During this session we will demonstrate the capabilities with some samples and provide insights into technology behind the Search GUI Plugin.

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