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Highlight: advanced search

The search box is the most used and most flexible tool for searching content and in Gawati we try to optimize the efficiency of this tool to help you to find content quickly and more efficiently.

Our search box immediately and interactively suggests content while the search terms are typed. This presents a selection of the most relevant results by grouping them according to topic.

The interactive results are grouped into several categories where the search terms are weighted differently on content, highlighting for example matching titles, keywords, metadata or document text respectively.
We will also add the option to execute a full search with particular emphasis on only one of these categories.

Milestone: first demonstrator page

We are proud to announce the first version of our Gawati development demonstration page. We will update this page from time to time with the latest version to show what we are doing, encourage you to give us feedback to our work and to give you ideas for how you can make the most of Gawati for your own purposes.

Please bear in mind that our aim for showing you the stages of progress for our work is to keep you up to date, and is not meant to showcase the complete system.

For the first version, much work has been dedicated to advancing the behind the scene functionality. We have already created the backend storing documents and metadata, as well as a themeable frontend that produces the webpages for the interaction between the user and the backend data store.

The page demonstrates document and metadata retrieval and display, deriving secondary information from structured metadata that we show to help the user browse the data. We use a small set of 200 documents from the African Law Library that we ship with the installation for demonstration purposes.

This is also a good time for you to let us know about your impressions and any suggestions you might have on our Google Group: "Gawati General".

If you would like to jump in and look around the system we want to let you know that we are putting in a lot of effort to make starting your project with Gawati as pleasant as possible. Apart from a single command installation you can find system and development information at our Read the Docs page that we update continuously.

About the team: Aruna Devi Lakshmanan

Welcome Aruna, tell us a little about yourself.

Greetings, my name is Aruna Devi Lakshmanan. I'm a Computer Science Engineer from India with about 6 years of software development experience. I specialize in Front-end web application development - from wireframes to the build.

Before joining Gawati, what projects have you been involved with?

My first employer was MindTree Consulting, a large international IT consulting company. I worked with them supporting various big name clients like Kyocera Mita Corp(Japan), Logitech and AIG Insurance.

After two and half years at MindTree, I took a career break for a few years to care for my family. I got back to work with Product Foundry who were a Knowledge Engineering start-up based in Amsterdam for several frontend projects using front-end technologies.

I joined SalesPatron as the single front-end developer where i developed the entire stack starting from wireframes. SalesPatron developed sales performance products for both desktop and mobile.

After completing the product at SalesPatron in about 7 months, I was hired by TeamPost to help develop a specialized email client for Gmail. TeamPost is a Slack like application that uses Gmail as the back-end, basically turning your mailbox into a Slack like discussion application. I worked with them for about a year and a half and took the product to completion.

What do you use for building a frontend?

I flexibly work with different technnologies matching between the requirements and the product. I often use Java, Servlets, Backbone JS or CoffeScript and also have experience with Scala, Jade or SASS.

About the team: Ashok Hariharan

Gawati: Greetings Ashok, tell us a little about yourself...

My name is Ashok Hariharan, I am a legal & legislative technology consultant, and I have about 21 years of experience in different areas of software engineering and system integration. More specifically since 2005, I have been involved in the convergence between technology and legal and legislative information. I am from India, but I lived and worked in Kenya for 15 years of my working life.

Gawati: So, tell us a little bit about your Kenyan experience? How did you find it?

When I first came to Nairobi in 1999, Kenya was still a single party state – there were no mobile phones and internet access was very limited. Things started changing after 2001. There were multi-party elections, gradually the mobile revolution kicked in and internet access dramatically improved.

I was fortunate to have been present in the midst of this rapid change. I saw first-hand, how people demanded their rights, and there was active pressure on the government to provide access to legal information and data. You don't know your rights unless you are informed first.

Gawati: What was your role in Kenya?

At the time, the question was how do we make it easier to provide information? I got involved with the UN backed Africa i-Parliaments project in 2005, and here we decided to tackle the problem of access to information from the producers side by using technology to make it easier for producers of legislation and legal information to publish information. Out of these ideas came the Bungeni Parliamentary and Legislative Information System and the document format which is now the a href="" title="Akoma Ntoso website" target="_blank">Akoma Ntoso standard for legal and legislative documents.