Friday, September 08, 2006

Free open source open access federated searching

An open version of the open source federated search tool dbwiz is available, for searching open access resources, thanks to Simon Fraser University Library. dbwiz is part of the open source reSearcher software suite. Comments?

[Disclosure: I work for SFU Library, and coordinate participation in reSearcher for BC academic libraries. This is a purely personal viewpoint, not endorsed by SFU library or BC ELN].

This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.


Peta said...

Nice simple interface, but my results heavily dominated by Google - maybe you could add these oa resources to give a more scholarly set of results.

Heather Morrison said...

Good idea, Peta - I'd like to see open access archives added to the search, too, although the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) might be more effective than OAIster, as it is limited to OA full-text. (It would be nice to see OAIster introduce this limiter, too)

As for dbwiz, I don't do the programming, so I'm not sure how much work is involved.

OA Librarian readers - Peta has a couple of nifty blogs, Innovate and How to know more but do less (a great topic for those of us who believe in the Work Less philosophy - check out the links from Peta's profile.