Federated search

Idea created by rrberna on Jul 14, 2010
    • rrberna
    • zadar1
    Often times users keep non-GIS type data (word docs, pdf's, etc) in folders that GIS can access.  The new "Search tab" should be able to search and locate ANY kind of data source and not simply GIS data.  As an example, I may want to search for data about a point and GIS may only hold a portion of the data I need, the remaining data I may need could reside in word docs, pdf's and many other sources.  Federated search's are "deep searches" that have the ability to search data that resides in network folders, other applications, libraries etc.
    For more information on Federated Searches go to Wikipedia.