A new kind of search engine
MKSearch is a research project to develop a metadata search engine. The system is composed of two linked systems; an indexing Web crawler and a public query interface. The indexing component extracts Dublin Core metadata from Web documents and stores them in RDF format. The query interface matches documents in the index using an RDF query language and can return the results in a variety of formats including standard HTML and as a standing RSS feed.
On 2 November 2005 the MKSearch project made its first beta release. The system is available in pre-compiled binary format and source-only in the downloads section. We welcome your comments and questions on the MKSearch mailing list.
The MKSearch system is being developed using the Java programming language and is licenced under the GNU General Public Licence. All software is compiled and tested using both the Sun and GNU Java compilers. All project source material is available through the public MKSearch Subversion repository.
The MKSearch Java documentation is periodically updated in the project's Subversion repository.