OU Search is a powerful search tool available as an optional module with the purchase of OU Campus. Instead of treating the content as one large group of data, parametric fields allow users to establish and use individual pieces of metadata. These can come from true HTTP or HTML metadata, pattern matching in the content, and more.
The pages in this section are geared toward helping end-users use OU Search more effectively. For information regarding the OU Search administration panel, click the Docs link, found in the upper right corner of the screen, in the OU Search administration interface.
Information about how to use OU Search and its advanced features can be found on these pages:
Parametric fields can serve multiple purposes.
- Output - The parametric fields for each result are included in search XML output. These can be displayed directly as content (such as an "author" or "publishedDate"), or they can be tested and completely change the result style based on it (e.g. a "pageType" field, where an article is displayed differently than a news release, or a contact page).
- Searching - Searches can be refined by testing parametric fields. This can include exact match (search where "color" is "blue"), comparisons (search where "publishedDate" is within the last year), or sets (search where "filetype" is one of doc, pdf, or xls).
Multiple parametric searches can be used simultaneously to further refine results.
- GroupBy - One of the most useful features, GroupBy can be used to break down a matching result set by a given field. For example, if a search matched 34 pages, it can say "of the 34 hits, 23 are articles, 8 are press releases, and 3 videos." Users can easily click on one of the groups to further narrow down the results to that group, and multiple fields can be grouped by further still.
- Ordering - Parametric fields can be used for ordering, allowing you to order results by any arbitrary criteria, such as Price, Published Date, Updated Date, etc.