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).
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.
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.