Displaying Clustered Search Results

A big point in my NEASIS&T presentation Tuesday was how new technologies like XML and web services allow us to separate the tools that manage and store our data from the tools that display and manipulate it. This is, of course, part of the web 2.0 infrastructure, and an enabler of so many great hacks and mashups.

In this prototype, I’m using XML access to our catalog to fetch the top 150 results for a keyword search, aggregate the subject headings and authors, and display it all for the user. The data is live, so go get clicky on it. Also, try this version that displays the clusters in a more tag-like way. I’m not sure which view I like better, so I’m experimenting with both.

None of this is new, of course. Clusty, RedLightGreen, and others have been down this path already. But I’m trying to make two points here: first, things like this make search better/easier/more fun, but second, our vendors absolutely need to offer rich APIs to the data we in their products.

[update:] here’s a mockup of how this info might be displayed, along with some other ways I’d like to enhance the catalog.

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3 Responses to “Displaying Clustered Search Results”

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    The Shifted Librarian Says:

    Casey Bisson Does It Again and Presents Exhibit B

    […]I can’t believe how quickly this guy throws together these proofs-of-concept. I’m officially nicknaming him the “hardest working man in the OPAC 2.0 business!” Plymouth State University better be treating him right.[…]

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    Extending Blyberg’s XMLOPAC Class « libdev Says:

    Extending Blyberg’s XMLOPAC Class

    […]I’m using this in my prototype catalog search that clusters search results based on catalog metadata (demoed in my NEASIS&T presentation on OPAC hacks recently).[…]

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    libdev » LiveSearch and Clustered Displays Says:

    […] As cool as those are (I really like the clean results) what actually caught my attention in the post was a screenshot of a clustered livesearch. Casey recently posted here regarding clustered results and I think we may see much more of it in the future. With the increasing amount of information there is going to have to be more ways of drilling down and refining the content. And I’m not just talking the generic OPAC advanced search but more informative things such as what subjects are included, editions, popularity, relationships, etc. Limiting it to books or articles is nice but having hints and clues such as keywords and subjects adds the touch some people need to really make things relevant. […]