Full-text search capability for Eprint Archives

From: Stevan Harnad <harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 00:33:49 +0100

On Mon, 16 Jun 2003, Tamas Dombos wrote:

> Has anyone tried truly integrating full text search into the eprints
> software? By integration I mean a common search interface, with both
> metadata AND full text search at once. (All the full text search I found
> was two separate searches and of course the results list didn't use the
> metadata, but some excerpt from the text.)
> One (apparently) easy way to do this would be to use an already existing
> search engine (like ht://dig), and pass the results (eprint ID is in the
> URL of the documents) to the eprints software, and combine the id search
> with the metadata search from the original search form. I know that some
> information would be lost (relevence ordering of the full text search,
> for example) but this seems to be a good start. Now this works in theory,
> but I have no idea how difficult it is to implement this.
> http://www.htdig.org/ Any suggestions?

Full-text search capability for Eprint Archives is an excellent
idea, and I am sure it will become an essential feature.

Htdig is already implemented by at least one Eprints.org site:
but it is certainly *highly* desirable to have inverted full-text
for all Eprint Archives.

It needs some thought whether it makes more sense to invert full-text
at each local archive, or at a harvester level (google-like).


Stevan Harnad

PS Here are some prior discussions of inverted full text
in the Amsci Forum:
and OAI-General:
Received on Mon Jun 16 2003 - 00:33:49 BST

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