Scrutari

Scrutari is a metadata search engine (title, subtitle, author, keywords, etc.) common to the different sites which are part of Coredem. It is both a sharing tool (data is pooled in one place) and a promotion tool (search results are redirected to other participating sites).

The sharing of data works in a similar way to content syndication: each participating site provides a file with its documents’s metadata under an XML format called ScrutariData. The Scrutari server regularly collects data in order to update its searches, as illustrated in the diagram below:

Data retrieval is done through "clients" (such as that available on this site using the “Search Scrutari” function), which submit internet user’s searches to the Scrutari server. The latter then returns results in a raw format (in technical terms, via an API in JSON format) which can then be formatted by the client.

A search can be quick (one free text box) or can include advanced filters and search options, as with the client ScutariJs.

Other forms of data retrievals are available, such as syndication feeds, which provide updates of newly published content on other sites.

Scrutari is a free software written in Java. The technical documentation is available on the website scrutari.net. Scrutari is not only used by the Coredem. It is also used for internal databases and has been adapted to specific resource websites.

This section's articles

  • Scrutarising a site

    “Scrutarising a site” is, in Coredem speak, to instigate the automatic process of extracting metadata from a site, formatted in ScrutariData, to allow the Scrutari server to include the site in its search results.
    The “scrutarisation” of one’s site is an important step for a Coredem member. It is (...)

  • Scrutari and syndication

    The server’s mechanism that collects data from participating sites is based on syndication via RSS or Atom, with the difference that the ScrutariData format is concerned with all data and puts particular emphasis on keyword indexing. The Scrutari search engine is updated daily and keeps a log (...)

  • A short history of Scrutari

    The Scrutari software may predate the Coredem, but it has the same birthplace: a meeting in 1986 between the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) and the Ritimo network. This meeting resulted in the creation of DPH (Dialogues for Humanity) – at once a network, a (...)