Thursday, July 19, 2007


Per announcement on ngc4lib list, Andrew Nagy of Villanova University has posted the source code to his VuFind software on SourceForge. Initially designed to work with Voyager, it will eventually be compatible with other systems, including Evergreen and Koha, once necessary drivers are developed. Nagy reports achieving very fast speeds using Apache Solr. Demo and download can be found at VuFind web site.

Since demo included only 10,000 records, Casey Durfee recommends testing against larger set, e.g., LC MARC records provided through as he had done with the Seattle Public Library HELIOS catalog. Durfee adds, "Solr faceting performance scales pretty linearly with the number of records, so things that work fine on even 500,000 records can be unusably slow on 5 million +."

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