How can Confluence content be added to an external search aggregator?

Hi. I'm interested in using an as-yet undetermined search aggregating tool that would allow customers to do one search against the contents of:

  1. Our company's Support knowledgebase, which will live customer-accessible Confluence space (server, not hosted), and
  2. The contents of our product WebHelp, which lives outside of Confluence.

Questions:

  1. Does Confluence have a search API that the search aggregator can leverage to compile Confluence content hits into the hit set that the aggregator shows the customer?
  2. Can anyone recommend a search aggregator that will do this aggregation? (Note: I see that there's a plug-in called OpenSearch. Would this enable communication with an aggregator?)

Thanks.

-Kurt Euler

Minerva

 

3 answers

I agree with Alex, there are many options to answer your question. Couple of ideas from me:

 

I see different options here:

  • You could have a crawler which goes through the Confluence pages and index them to give you aggregated results.
  • There are options to integrate Confluence with SharePoint which include searches. Check SharePoint Connector for more information.
  • Confluence uses Lucene as the search engine. You could write a program using Lucene which queries Confluence index files and aggregate the results with your other sources.

 

OK, thanks Alex and Sash. I'll look in to these ideas.

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