Xerxes is a federated search and ‘saved stuff’ interface that uses Metalib as a broadcast search engine.
Features I have added to Xerxes recently:
- A saved databases/personal quickset feature
- configurable support for Metalib ‘link to original record in native interface’ and ‘link to holdings in native interface’
Features I plan to add to Xerxes in the intermediate future (hard to say how long it will take my so-called ‘plans’ to come to fruition)
- Add RSS/Atom feeds to Xerxes search results. (Harder than it seems because it’s hard to get a persistent URL to search results from underlying Metalib engine).
- Create a generalized ‘saved searches’ feature that can work both for Xerxes and also across other applications as a generealized central store. Built on feeds and an OpenSearch data model, so using the above bullet. Hopefully also supporting email-based alerting of new items from saved searches.
- Provide an ISSN-to-Metalib-resource mapping, so the above feature can be used for an alerting service for new content from a specified journal. (David has taken some experimental stabs in this direction).
- Integrate Umlaut into Xerxes, so a Xerxes record detail page has Umlaut services provided directly on the page.
Features I would like to add to Xerxes (but can’t be said to have ‘plans’ for, even for a very loose definition of ‘plans’ as above)
- Integrate the ‘saved records’ functionality (including existing tagging) into one or more shared ‘cloud’-level stores of scholarly ‘social’ citations. SOPAC? Connotea? Something else? Would need to be a shared store that somehow recognizes when multiple records/citations represent the same work, so social data can be properly aggregated. And ideally that works for both monographic and journal article citations (perhaps by combining several services?)
- Add a way to publish a subset of your saved records (by tag?) as a public ‘bibliography’, with appropriate full text/openurl/worldcat registry links for users from any location/affiliation.