Thing One: Campaign Space Wish List?
Carrie is in the midst of putting together a wish list to give to University Photography (and others) re: the campaign space on cornell.edu. The theme is “Winter at Cornell” and we welcome your input on areas of campus/winter traditions/other seasonal ideas. You can leave your suggestions in the comments to this entry and I’ll be sure to pass them along.
Thing Two: Cornell Google Appliance Announcement
We’re happy to announce that the long-anticipated Google search appliance is here and crawling the Cornell web space!
The Cornell Google appliance will replace the engine behind the current search (Free Google) located at http://search.cornell.edu. Please also be aware that when the commercial appliance goes into production, the old CUSearch application located at http://query.cornell.edu will be retired. If you are using CUSearch, you will need to plan to migrate off of it shortly after the launch of the Google appliance.
Here’s a little pre-emptive FAQ:
Q: When will it be live for campus?
A: January 31, 2006
Q: Does my unit have to have its own installation of Google, or will you share?
A: The central implementation of the Google appliance is just that–meaning, yes, we’ll share. Any unit on campus will be able to configure a local search of their site, provided that it is not restricted with password security.
Q: How do I configure my site to use Google?
A: You will be able to create a search that only queries the pages within your site. As the launch date approaches, we will provide on-line instructions for creating your own search and implementing it in your site. Please be advised that if you are using the Cornell Identity banners, changes to the code will be necessary. We are working on retrofitting the code for the banners and the developers’ templates and hope to have a solution by very early Spring.
Q: How do I make sure that my site is listed in the Google index? Do I have to register like I did with the old CU Search?
A: No, you do not have to register your site. The Google crawler is set to move methodically through the Cornell web space and will index all pages that are not deliberately excluded.
Q: Will there be an opportunity for campus to test out the search before it goes live?
A: Yes, you can begin experimenting with the search by accessing the pre-release version of the engine, located at http://188.8.131.52.
Please be aware that this version of the engine is still being configured and both performance and layout are subject to bugs. There is no need to report these misdemeanors to us.
We have been experiencing some difficulties in configuring the appliance. Some of these have lead to loops of hits to individual servers on campus. If you find that your server is being repeatedly hit by Google in a way that is effecting performance, please drop a line to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.