My institution is looking for ways to provide search across PDFs through
our website. Specifically, PDFs linked from finding aids. Ideally searching
within a collection's PDFs or possibly across all PDFs linked from all
We do not have a CMS or a digital repository. A digital repository is on
the horizon, but it's a ways out and we need to offer the search sooner.
I've looked into Swish-e but haven't had much luck getting anything off the
One way we know we can do this through our discovery layer VuFind, using
it's ability to full-text index a website based on a sitemap (which would
includes PDFs linked from finding aids). Facets could be created for
collections, and we may be able to create a search box on the finding aid
nav that searches specifically that collection.
But, I'm not sure how scalable that solution is. The indexing agent cannot
discern when a page was updated, so it has to re-scrape,
everything, every-night. The impetus collection is going to have about over
1000 PDFs. And that's to start. Creating the index will start to take a
long, long time.
Does anyone have any ideas or know of any useful tools for this project?
Doesn't have to be perfect, quick and dirty may work. (The OCR's dirty