A field now crowded with Endeca, Primo, Aquabrowser, Scriblio, Open Library (the last two open source), etc. just got a little busier. Index Data, an open source consulting firm, just got an IMLS grant to build a "Universal Search Solution" for NELLCO, the New England Law Library Consortium.
According to the press release, "The Universal Search Solution will combine multiple technologies (consolidated indexing and data storage; metadata harvesting; and metasearching) to put together a single window to disparate resources. This fusion of technologies could serve as a model for future library search services, and indeed, the technologies used will be made available as open source software." Indeed, indeed.