The eXtensible Catalog (http://eXtensibleCatalog.org) provides similar
funtionality. The user interface of the XC is a set of Drupal modules, and
it runs inside Drupal, which probably the most popular PHP CMS application.
Our modules (called Drupal Toolkit), are able to harvest metadata from
OAI-PMH repositories, then process XML, save fields inside MySQL and in
We provided administrator interfaces, where you can decide how to
index different fields, what kind of facets do you want to build from
the fields, and -- still inside the admin interface -- you can create search
and browse interfaces, including search forms, navigationable lists,
results. You can interact with your ILS for circulation data or
You can mashup the results with additional data from external sources, like
table of contents, cover images, reviews.
The Drupal Toolkit is still in alpha release, we plan to issue the first
more stable release in weeks.
You can see more in the eXtensible Catalog screencast:
(the second part is about the Drupal Toolkit).
You can download the software from here: http://drupal.org/project/xc.
If you have any question don't hesitate to contact me, or the
leaders of the project.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Earles, Jill Denae" <jdear...@ku.edu>
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 5:58 PM
Subject: [CODE4LIB] faceted browsing
I would like recommendations for faceted browsing systems that include
authentication, and easily support multimedia content and metadata. The
ability to add comments and tags to content, and browse by tag cloud is
My skills include ColdFusion, PHP, CakePHP, and XML/XSL. The only
system I've worked with that includes faceted browsing is XTF, and I
don't think it's well suited to this. I am willing to learn a new
language/technology if there is a system that includes most of what I'm
Please let me know of any open-source systems you know of that might be
suited to this. If you have time and interest, see the detailed
description of the system below.
I am planning to build a system to manage a collection of multimedia
artwork, to include audio, video, images, and text along with
accompanying metadata. The system should allow for uploading the
content and entering metadata, and discovery of content via searching
and faceted browsing. Ideally it will also include a couple of ways of
visually representing the relationships between items (for example, a
video and the images and audio files that are included in the video, and
notes about the creative process). The views we've conceived of at this
point include a "flow" view that shows relationships with arrows between
them (showing chronology or this begat that relationship), and a
"constellation" view that shows all of the related items, with or
without lines between them.
It needs to have security built in so that only contributing members can
search and browse the contributions by default. Ideally, there would be
an approval process so that a contributor could propose making a work
public, and if all contributors involved in the work (including any
components of the work, i.e. the images and audio files included in the
video) give their approval, the work would be made public. The public
site would also have faceted browsing, searching by all metadata that we
make public, and possibly tag clouds, and the ability to add tags and
comments about the work.