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High Performance Faceted Interfaces Using S2S

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  1. High Performance Faceted Interfaces Using S2S Eric Rozell, Tetherless World Constellation

  2. Outline • Motivation • Demos • Architecture • S2S-Compatible Web Services • Deploying S2S • S2S UI Development • S2S: The Next Generation • Questions

  3. Motivation • Reusable user interfaces • Supporting heterogeneous data • Leveraging legacy web services • Customizable search interfaces

  4. Overview

  5. Overview

  6. Overview

  7. Demos • BCO-DMO MapService • IOGDS version 1.2

  8. Architecture

  9. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Real world example: • IOGDS • Step (1): identify your “Parameters” • Countries, catalogs, agencies, categories, keywords, (languages?)…

  10. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (2): create metadata for your “Parameters” • At this time, figure out which “Parameters” should be “dynamic”, i.e., vary as other parameters are constrained.

  11. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (3): create QueryInterface-s for each “dynamic Parameter” • A separate asynchronous request is made for each Parameter and the results. • You will need to identify the expected output of the QueryInterface, as well as the Parameter it returns values for.

  12. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (4): create a QueryInterface for your results. • Sometimes, it’s easiest to use a plain HTML response. (There’s already a QueryInterface for that!)

  13. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (5): code your service! • This is entirely up to you. You’re free to use any programming language, so long as you can describe your web service using OpenSearch (for now). • Some programming languages people have used include: PHP, Python, Go, and node.js

  14. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (6): describe your service… • using OpenSearch. • This is where all those URIs come in…

  15. S2S-Compatible Web Services

  16. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (7): create metadata for your service. • This will inform S2S where to find things like your OpenSearch description document.

  17. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (8): host the metadata. • Currently, S2S requires you to “register” the metadata (load it into the S2S triple store). • Coming Soon: Linked Data support…* * More on this later

  18. S2S-Compatible Web Services • [Optional] Step (9): create a default configuration file • This file will inform S2S of the order for parameters, and the UI widgets to use by default.

  19. S2S-Compatible Web Services

  20. S2S-Compatible Web Services • Step (10): Deploy! • Don’t worry, this one’s easy…

  21. Deploying S2S • Can be deployed in a number of ways: • As a standalone application • Embedded in a CMS (e.g., Drupal) • Embedded in a custom application • Examples follow…

  22. Stand-Alone S2S • S2S offers a core function that allows you to automatically render an interface based on HTML tag “id” attributes. • init(“”)

  23. Stand-Alone S2S

  24. S2S in CMS • Embedding in a CMS is just as easy as the stand-alone browser… • Just embed the same HTML and JavaScript into a page • Be wary of Drupal, we have had issues where Drupal’s page rendering mechanism has caused browsers to crash (i.e., IE … heh)

  25. S2S in Application X • This core “init” function requires that you specify the result widget you want in your “default configuration” (we’ll get into that in a bit…). You may instead want to feed results to a separate application…

  26. S2S in Application X

  27. S2S in Application X • S2S allows you to override the “ResultsPanel”, i.e., the thing that gets updated every time a facet is changed. • Rather than pushing the updated results to a “ResultWidget”, the results can be pushed to the external application.

  28. S2S in Application X

  29. S2S UI Development • Real world example: • In IOGDS, there is a “Country” facet. • In truth, the labels for the “Country” facet are a hack… • Labels are created by removing the namespace and underscores from the country URI. • We can make the UI responsible for getting country labels. • While we’re at it… • Why not add a flag thumbnail?

  30. Creating the Metadata • Step (1), create widget metadata. • Choose URI for your widget • Choose type of widget • In this case, it’s a s2s:ParameterWidget • Add label/comment to your widget • If necessary, constrain your widget to a specific parameter • In this case, the “Country” parameter for IOGDS • If necessary, specify the expected results • In this case, a simple JSON array containing URIs

  31. Creating the Metadata • Step (1) continued. • Specify the function names used by S2S • This includes a function for generating a frame for the widget and a function for rendering query results • Specify the JavaScript files needed for your widget (including libraries!) • Except jQuery… please don’t include jQuery, but feel free to use jQuery functions (S2S core already uses it!) • If necessary, include the CSS files needed for your widget • Unless you’re lazy and encode the CSS in your JavaScript…

  32. Creating the Metadata

  33. Creating the Metadata

  34. Coding the Widget • Step (2), code the widget. • There are two mandatory functions (or hooks) needed by S2S widgets: • generator function (to build widget frame) • callback function (to populate widget) • Be careful when choosing function names and assigning variables at the window level. • widgetGenerator •

  35. The Generator Function

  36. The Callback Function

  37. Other Functions

  38. Other Functions

  39. Host the Metadata • Step (3): Host the metadata. • Currently, S2S requires you to “register” the metadata (load it into the S2S triple store). • Coming Soon: Linked Data support…

  40. S2S: The Next Generation • S2S Server 2.0 • Service, widget, parameter metadata as linked data (via Ripple) • S2S metadata caching • Deployable/configurable server (via Servlets) • S2S Search Interface 2.1 • “Linked data widgets” • Modular means of embedding widgets • Compound search widgets (e.g., date range) • S2S Search Interface 2.x • Support for dynamic facet sets

  41. Questions? • Comments? • Concerns? • Critiques? • …

  42. Links • BCO-DMO MapService • IOGDS version 1.2