I can respond informally, as a longtime SiteSearch user and member of =
SiteSearch community. OCLC is no longer developing SiteSearch, but =
a community of implementors who are attempting to shape themselves into =
open-source development project. One impediment was the license under =
OCLC originally released SiteSearch, which restricted commercial use of =
product and therefore was not a true open source license according to =
rules of OSF (not to criticize OCLC for this - they had valid reasons).
We've recently heard that OCLC is ready to change the license, which is =
welcome news. This will enable us to move the project to SourceForge =
hope, start working more effectively as a community of developers =
than just implementors. There are a lot of institutions still using
SiteSearch in a big way and writing code to accomplish specific goals; =
just need to pull it all together.
(To be accurate, one element of SiteSearch, the Pears database, is =
active development in the Office of Research at OCLC.)
SiteSearch works with Z39.50 resources; you'd have to do some work to =
to work with other types of searches. But its Z39.50 functionality is
excellent, giving you full control of the search attributes etc. The
learning curve can be steep, though.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Claivaz Jean-Blaise [mailto:Jean-Blaise.Claivaz@...
> Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 08:59 AM
> To: oss4lib-discuss@...
> Subject: [oss4lib-discuss] Search portals - OCLC SiteSearch
> Dear all,
> I'm looking for an open source portal that can federate=20
> multi-resources searches, e.g. retrieves datas from different=20
> databases through one request (OPAC, web-list, commercial=20
> DB...). It would be great if Eric has already planned the=20
> development of such a feature in his excellent MyLibrary software.
> OCLC SiteSearch was such an open source search portal. Does=20
> some know what it is happening with that product ? It seems=20
> to be on idle (or even worse).
> Do you know if there is another product that can fit my needs ?
> Many thanks, Jean-Blaise
> Jean-Blaise Claivaz
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