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Browseable Timeline View

While we inch in on the alpha release for the data editing user interface, i would like to point out a nice feature we added for the document portal. Based on an active search criterion you can view a timeline of document publications and choose to narrow down your search based on the timeline.
As an example you can choose to search for documents of Mauritius, where the timeline tab will be displayed at the top of the results listing. Activating the timeline tab will open a view where you can see the number of documents for Mauritius indicated over the year of publication. Each of the bars you can click to open the listing of documents of Mauritius in the chosen year.

Mapping full text search results onto scanned documents

While adding full text search to Gawati we also chose to implement highlighting search results using an overlay for scanned documents. This also works for historic documents that have not been created with digital tools to begin with and independent of the arrangement of fonts and content areas. You may have already come across this feature on Google Books.

In the example shown below, we searched for the word "school" within a document and consequently all of the search results in the main text and additional notes were highlighted. This example was chosen as it is a document that in addition to the main text body, also has additional notes of alternate spacing at its side:

Highlighting fulltext search results in document


We will also soon be publishing the first version of Gawati that includes components for editing library content. This large single step change will include user management, authorisation and other additional features.

Custom search filters

Customizable search filters, a feature we have been looking forward to is being introduced.
As it's very flexible and easy to use (like building blocks in a construction game) but hard to explain in words (like what you can do with building blocks in a construction game), Gawati lead developer Ashok volunteered to put together a video, demonstrating its use:


Why you will want to use Gawati

Open Source end-to-end:
- Uses Open Standards
- Open Source platform developed on top of Open Source components
- Developed live on Github, you have access to the source code and a chance to be part of the community


Convergence of Legal and Technological best practices:
- Based on standardised XML format in FRBR structure
- Akoma Ntoso XML legal document standard
- Built with Legal and Legislative Data in mind


Flexible Deployment:
- Multiple Formats, supports wrapping content in XML metadata
- Modular, flexible architecture; use what you like
- Customizable publication workflows for both internal processing and for web publication requirements