Hello - Juliet Hardesty and Courtney Greene at Indiana University Libraries are investigating uses of Apache Solr indexing for discovery and access of large data sets. Specifically we are interested to learn about Solr indexing schema configurations and customizations as part of our work towards providing access to large data sets involving digitized special collections, library catalog records, library services, and electronic subscription databases, journals, and books.
As part of this work, we are conducting a survey to gather information about the kinds of Solr schemas being used for indexing and how that comes across to end-users via facets or indexed search fields. If you have been contacted by us previously and have responded to the survey or questions, thank you for your participation. We would like to hear from those of you working with Solr indexes at your institutions or working to combine distinct data sets for single-index searching/browsing via Solr. In addition to the anonymous 6-question survey linked below, please consider responding directly to us regarding the following:
1) For projects involving non-MARC metadata, we are interested in gathering Solr metadata schema examples for sharing. Please respond with an example of your Solr web application’s schema. We will share the gathered schemas with all those who respond.
2) For projects relying on SolrMarc, we are interested in choices you have made in regard to data indexing and faceting; please respond with information about choices you have made in that regard (i.e., the index.properties file within SolrMarc). We will share the gathered information with all those who respond.
3) Do you have usage statistics or user studies about the use of your Solr index or its associated web interface? Please share any information regarding use of facets or indexed search fields or general feedback from users about the Solr web application.
Details about this study are provided in the study information sheet included in the following bundled link. Please be sure you read and understand the Study Information Sheet before proceeding to the survey:
Solr Metadata Schemas: A Query –
Thank you for taking the time to participate in our research. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
Juliet Hardesty (jlhardes@...) & Courtney Greene (crgreene@...)
Indiana University Libraries