KCResearch is Live!

Update to the update: see, I told you – we’re already back live…

Update: wouldn’t you know it – right after I psted this, we took the server offline. We are in the process of switching servers… ssssooooo, bear with us – it WILL be up again soon!

KCResearch, a project my library is working on, is finally live! What is KCResearch? KCResearch is a “searchable web portal that identifies, collects, categorizes and provides access to research information related to the Kansas City regional area.”

We have partnered with community, research, and academic organizations in the area to provide this portal, and the project has been funded for three years by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The project includes two full-time grant-funded employees that are building the website and search portal, finding and adding research to the database, and reaching out to the KC-area community to find research about KC.

The search engine portion of the website is what makes our project (the digital portion, anyway). Right now, we have almost 300 records in the database – we plan to have over 1000 by the end of the year. We are using iVia for our search engine. iVia is an open source web harvester – we can point it to specific websites, and it will automatically add records to our database. Then we have the option to edit each record (and we do – to add local and LC subject headings and other descriptors). iVia is created by the people that run INFOMINE.

So go check it out! We are improving the website daily, so if you notice odd things… well, there’s a reason for that. And of course, if you happen to know of any Kansas City-based research…. send it our way! You can request it be added to our database by filling out our Suggest a Resource form.