Newscoop, the open source news CMS from Sourcefabric, has been updated to include frontend search capabilities powered by Solr, the open source enterprise search platform used by Netflix, Instagram, SourceForge, NASA, WhiteHouse.gov and Apple. The new functionality was developed in collaboration with a number of independent media sites in Georgia and is code-named ‘Sakartvelo’ after the Georgian name for the country.
Newscoop installation is supported on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise), Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (Squeeze), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 (Santiago).
Solr is an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, dynamic clustering, database integration, and rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling. Providing distributed search and index replication, Solr is highly scalable.
Solr now allows Newscoop users, like the Georgian sites NetGazeti, newscafe.ge and TSPress, to offer faster search due to the structured filtering of results. Sites can also index new content and offer it quickly to visitors for a more relevant browsing experience. Solr can even search inside attachments (pdfs, Word documents) and display ‘top hits’ as a barometer of community opinion and interest - a great traffic driver and important for advertisers, writers and content syndicators.
The changelog headlines are as follows:
- Integration of Apache Lucene Solr
- New article-rating feature allows readers to give a rating feedback to the author which can optionally be displayed on the frontend
- New Facebook Login allows journalists and editors to sign in to site backend with Facebook logins
- New tags for the template engine: list_users and list_user_topics
- Security fix: Unnecessary error reporting exposed on front-end templates
- 11 other important bug fixes
Newscoop 4.1 can be downloaded for free from http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/newscoop