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Google Desktop Search

With the advent of Google's Desktop Search SDK, I was thinking that a nice addition to TWiki would be to have the Google Query engine index a site's TWiki topics and to have search code that accessed the query API to return topics matching the search terms.

Extending the idea (if the indexing engine and query API allow for it... I don't know that they do) to include fileserver directory hierarchies that are locally attached and files in that hierarchy as part of the index. Thus, (waving my hands wildly) a TWiki search could search not only the twiki/data directory, but attached fileserver storage as well.

I have found (in my role of TWiki Champion where I work) that one major point of resistance is that there are thousands of documents scattered all thru various folders thru-out a fileserver. Finding what you want is a time-consuming & frustrating process. But, migrating those docs all at once to TWiki is not an option. Even if the files were migrated, the current search doesn't look inside attachments (I may well be wrong on this... if I am please correct me).

As a transitional mechanism, I've been suggesting people use file:// links to point to files already on a fileserver somewhere. That way, there's at least a central place for people to look for topics of interest and then find links pointing to the file in question nested down a few levels in a fileserver somewhere. Giving people a search mechanism for finding the info they want is a first step towards getting them used to using the tool. From there, they may realize (with careful prodding) the benefits of document management capabilities, ease of linking to other topics, etc... all the things that make a wiki what it should be. Also, if the contents of the files out there in the filesever were available for searching... well, wow!

So, maybe this has been thought of before and rejected out-of-hand. But a search of the Codev web didn't reveal anything. I wanted to get some feedback on what others think of the idea before considering how to approach; since, while I'm TWiki champion, I'm also chief cook and bottle washer; and my perl skills are pretty rusty; so I have little time to devote to such an effort and want to be sure it's worth the investment.

-- Contributors: SteveAnthony

Discussion

I have not seen any discussion on integrating TWiki with Google Desktop Search. Indexing TWiki content has been done, there are some add-ons available, see Tag:search. One challenge is to get the entitlements right, e.g. to filter the search results based on the user privileges.

-- PeterThoeny - 01 Jun 2006

I'm creating a corporate intranet so I need to search inside documents too. It's a dealbreaker for me. I definitely need a wiki that allows searching inside at least Word and Excel attachments.

-- StevenDavis - 25 Jul 2006

See Tag:search and look for Plucene and Swish-E add-ons.

-- PeterThoeny - 26 Jul 2006

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