The Tutt Library Systems group is preparing to release our new Discovery Layer (fancy library jargon for a new web interface to our online TIGER catalog) along with our new website at the beginning of Block 8. The Discovery Layer provides a more modern search interface with multiple search options and faceted browsing to help users better navigate and find what print and electronic resources that are available at Tutt Library. We will also be releasing a few single-purpose mobile and tablet "apps" for specific functionality like call number, book, and article seaches. We will be incrementally releasing more apps as they are developed and tested.
The project name for the Discovery Layer is Aristotle with all of the apps part of a separate project, the FRBR-Redis Datastore. We are actively developing both projects. By embedding the apps within Aristotle, we can support multiple access points from a traditional website to more of these single-purpose apps with the same code-base. We are using different Virtual Machines (VM) to separate out the public-facing Django projects from our databases, Solr index, and Redis Datastore.
In next week's post, I'll go into more details on the system administration side including using nginx as our webserver, uWSGI as our middleware application layer, and how Django interacts with both and with our Redis datastores.