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Baylor's Online Search Facility Takes Another Step Forward

March 8, 2005

Baylor University today released another update to the Baylor online search system, Search@Baylor, www.baylor.edu/search. This update adds several new features to the new search system launched by Baylor's ITS Internet Services department in early February.

The system continues to feature our Website search and Web page search powered by Google. New in this release are improvements to the user interface and help screens. Further, there are new categories and types of searches now available, including the ability to search for news and calendar events published through the Baylor Content Management System (CMS). The system features an integrated search display, with search results found for web sites, web pages, news and calendar items indicated in a tab interface.

Development for this release was already underway when the new search system was released in February. "Adding the new technology was really pretty simple" said Jerry Knight, programmer/analyst in Internet services. "We've spent most of the past month refining the user interface and getting feedback from a number of individuals."

Tim Logan, director of electronic libraries, was one of the early testers of the system. "The search upgrades are a quantum leap forward for the Baylor website," Logan said.

Among the advanced features in the News search is the ability to filter results by publishing department and to get a syndication feed in RDF Site Summary (RSS) format based on search criteria. The Baylor CMS contains more than 20,000 news stories including all news from Public Relations going back to 1995, The Lariat student newspaper going back to 1995, athletics news releases going back to 2002, as well as more than 70 other Baylor departments that publish news via the Baylor CMS.

Among the advanced features in the Calendar search is the ability to filter results by publishing department and to download vCal files for import into a personal calendar program such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Entourage and other compliant systems. The system searches thousands of upcoming calendar events including academic calendars, student organization events, athletics team schedules, and calendar events from more than 120 Baylor departments that publish their events via the Baylor CMS.

For more information about Search@Baylor, contact Randy Woodruff, director of Internet Services, at Randy_Woodruff@baylor.edu or 710-8881.