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Thursday, July 23, 2009

New ICPSR web site

An "open beta" of our new web site is available. Here's a link to the site:

In addition to the new look and feel, we've also made significant changes "under the hood." Perhaps the two biggest changes are with our search technology and with our overall technology platform.

Our new search technology is Solr, the search engine build on top of Lucene, which is a component of the Apache Project. Solr has all of the features and conveniences one expects in a modern search capability, and is a significant upgrade from the Autonomy Ultraseek product we have been using since the early 2000's.

Our new technology platform is largely Java servlets and JSP. While we still have many significant systems (e.g., our deposit submission system) on our legacy platform (perl CGI scripts), we'll build new systems on this new platform. We've been impressed with the quantity and quality of tools and supporting technologies that play well with Java, and by using JSP we also make it easier for the software developers and web designers to work together.

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