To allow for flexibility and scalability we will need to make some changes in the way our search currently works.
- We will create a new search engine (Indexer, based on ElasticSearch) which will be able to aggregate metadata from several of our databases and sources and act as a layer on top of all our services that contain data.
- Meta-data from the current BALaT will be added to this search engine, as well as new metadata from intervention files and heritage science data.
- A portal will be created on top of this search engine to allow for a simplified (google-style) or advanced search on all the available data across multiple sources.
- While the portal will server as the graphical user interface, a machine-useable interface (API) will be created for future integration within DIGILAB to make our data available within Virtual Research Environments (VRE).