Archive for August, 2009

Summa Moving to SourceForge

August 4, 2009

Yesterday I had the pleasure to announce on the mailing lists that Summa has reached the first milestone in migrating to SourceForge, and here follows the blog post :-)

From now on all Summa code is hosted and developed in the “summa” project on SourceForge now, in addition all bugs have been migrated from our old GForge solution to a Trac instance hosted via the cool new “hosted apps” functionality on SourceForge.

We will also move the mailing lists over in the near future. The fate of the Summa wiki is still left unclear.

I must be frank and admit that I have long felt that SourceForge was in a bit of a standstill applying only visual refreshes every now and then, and never fixing the real issues with the site. However the new Hosted Apps approach is simply sweet! There is a huge list of popular open source products you can choose to run on your site as a hosted apps (see an incomplete list here). For instance; some may surprised to know that popular version control systems such as Git, Mercurial, and Bazaar is supported as well as Subversion. Right now we run only a Trac issue tracker and a Subversion repository.

On a personal note I must still admit that my heart lies with the recently open sourced Launchpad, despite the recent kick-assiness from the SF team.

Ticer Summer School

August 3, 2009

I went to the Ticer Summer School 2009 on Friday 31st of August to to talk about Summa as part of a panel on Integrated Search alongside Jørgen Madsen (Primo), David Lindahl (eXtensible Catalog), and Benoît Pauwels (VuFind).

Tilburg University Campus

Tilburg University Campus

Thomas Place made the introduction explaining the basic concepts of Integrated Search. Afterwards we each presented our systems followed by a short question and answer session. I think it was during these presentations that people realized how similar most of the systems actually were.

After a coffee break each of us once again got up to do a second presentation – this time focusing more on a specific feature.

  • Jørgen Madsen: Joining Catalogues – Clean-up and Deduplication
  • David Lindahl: Metadata Handling and FRBR
  • Mads Villadsen: Facetting and Clustering
  • Benoît Pauwels: Web 2.0 Features of Integrated Search

Each presentation was once again followed by a longer question and answer session.

My slides from both of theses can be found on the Presentations page on the Summa Wiki.

The day concluded with a panel discussion based on questions from the audience. All during the day the people from the audience had been very good at asking relevant questions, and I think they really managed to get to the core of the issues regarding usability, faceted searching, and integrated search itself.

This is the first time I have been part of a panel in this way, and also the first time I have been at a Ticer Summer School – and I found both things to be a really great experience. I have never been to anything that has been as well organized as this, and all the people were very interested and engaged in the discussions. The other panel members were well prepared, open for discussion, and willing to talk freely about any issues. I can only hope that I was in the same league as them.

All in all I had a really nice time, and if I ever get the chance to do something similar again I would be very interested.


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