Carmichael does something in her blog that I’d like to see more of — she shares her federated search journey. Over the past year, but especially in recent weeks, Carmichael has written about her experiences exploring federated search. Posts on the subject include:
- Federated Search
- Federated Search … the continuing saga
- Federated Search – selecting your connectors
- The Federated Search Blog
- Do we really hate federated search?
Carmichael, I’m curious to know more about your experience so I have a few questions for you. Consider yourself meme’d!
- How did you decide which sources to add to your WebFeat implementation?
- How easy has it been to configure your WebFeat implementation?
- How much customization were you able to do to the look-and-feel of your application?
- What do Creighton students, faculty and library think about your new federated search? What feedback are you getting?
- What has your experience been with WebFeat re the availability of translators (connectors) to the sources you selected?
- What effort has it taken for your library staff to get content providers to allow your subscription sources to be federated?
Those of you pursuing federated search for your organization may want to read some of my articles on the subject:
- Federated search: roadmap to a solution
- Federated search roadmap: Part I – Stating the business case
- Federated search roadmap: Part II – Identifying benefits
- 100 questions to ask federated search vendors
- 21 outstanding federated search presentations
You may also want to join the LinkedIn federated search discussion group and discuss your requirements, questions and experiences privately or publicly with 123 other people.
If you know of someone else who is chronicling their federated search journey please let me know; I’d like to bring attention to such an effort.
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