Apache SOLR

project: Anglo-Saxon Cluster

The project builds on research carried out on four other projects mentioned elsewhere - PASE, LangScape, eSawyer and ASChart - which collectively provide models for digitising prosopographic data, boundary clauses, charter catalogues and the diplomatic discourse of the charters themselves. The Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) is developing a new web-based digital resource articulated around the Anglo-Saxon charters as core material, through which the data and the corresponding metadata embodied in each of the component projects will be available together in a thematic cluster. [read more]

tool: Solr


Solr is an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. It operates as a standalone full-text search server within an appropriate servlet container, such as Tomcat. Solr uses the Lucene Java search library at its core for full-text indexing and search, and has REST-like HTTP/XML and JSON APIs that make it easy to use from virtually any programming language.


• May be tailored to many types of application with minimal programming knowledge
• Extensive plug-in support
• Full-text indexing and search

A&H use case 1 description: 
The “British Cartoon Archive Digitisation (BCAD)” project has used Solr to deliver the search results and metadata.
CNET Networks
Apache Software Foundation
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project: Musicians of Britain and Ireland 1900-1950

The project provides recordings of performances by British and Irish musicians made between 1900 and 1950. owing to changes in company policy in the 1930s, their work was gradually excluded and mush of it forgotten. MBI is accessible through an attractive online search interface that also gives access to the complete recorded output of the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM). [read more]