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Google Appliance

October 30th, 2007 by Erick Beck

The Google Search Appliance is very nice. We have it installed and configured, and are beginning to put a Texas A&M branded wrapper on it. So far it all seems quite simple. We’re planning to open a new position soon, and that person will be able to do a lot more detailed work with collections and other customizations.

We’ll be running some tests this week on setting up indexes. I have set the spider’s user agent to tamu-googlebot, so if it shows up in your server logs that is us. I don’t suspect the spider will be any more disruptive than the standard public search engines, but if you see problems please let us know.

The harder part is going to come in deciding how to strategically deploy the search. We are licensed for 2 million documents, which I suspect is less than the total number of files online in the tamu.edu domain. We are therefore going to have to come up with a plan for how to run the spider – turn it loose to index everything and then pull out the problematic pages or create an opt-in only index.

We’ll be keeping you up to date on the initiative, as well as releasing a some documentation on how webmasters on campus can leverage and interact with the search appliance.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 Ongoing Projects, Search
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