MuseKnowledge™ Application 8.0

Following its development trail, the MuseKnowledge™ Application reached version 8.0, which brings all improvements and new functionalities that were implemented over the past 3 years.

Here are some of the new features of our flagship search application, grouped by their location.

Search Form:

  • Query Suggestion with type-ahead features. The suggestions are presented to the end-user as he is typing, at any moment the user can select any of them from the list and launch the search. The suggestions are driven from the set of queries used by all users of the Muse system.
    Query Suggestions
  • Spellcheck / "Did you mean" functionality for the end-user's query. After the end-user launches the search, if there are misspellings in the query, a corrected one is displayed below the search form with a "Did you mean:" label. Clicking on the suggested query will launch the search with the new terms. This feature is based on indexed dictionaries per language, with extended capabilities such as words family, e.g. singular, plural, infinitive, participles, past tense, and checks queries against common spellings of each word. In addition, it is possible to use as data source besides dictionaries, the entire set of queries used in the Muse system. This is most useful when specialized query terms are being used which are not found in dictionaries.
    Spellcheck from a single data source, e.g. dictionary
    Spellcheck from single data source
    Spellcheck from a two data sources, e.g. dictionary and user queries
    Spellcheck with multiple data sources
  • Translation of the query. When the language of the query entered into the search form is detected as being different than application's active interface language (or a different configured language), the query is translated at the end-user's disposal into the referred language so that it can be available for launching a new search. For example, while in the MuseKnowledge Search Application English interface and entering an Arabic query, the end-user is offered with the possibility of translating the Arabic query into English and to use the resulted translation for a new search.
    This is most useful for non-English end-user speakers while searching with non-English terms against resources that have content only in English and which usually retrieve no results. With this new feature they can search using the translated query, thus increasing the possibility of retrieving results.
    For example, if the current language of the Muse Search application interface is English, and the user enters an Arabic query (or a query in any other language than English), then the Query Translation functionality is offered for the English language:
    Query Translate
    and upon end-user action of clicking on the link, the translation appears:
    Query Translate
  • Speech to Text functionality feature allows users to insert text into the inputs of the application, like the main search form, just by speaking to a microphone. The spoken text is recognized and it is automatically written in the selected input. This feature is only available on desktop computers (not phones or tablets, which already have this native functionality) and for a small set of inputs, only the ones where users can enter free text, such as search, filtering or help terms.
  • Virtual Keyboard functionality which allows to input free text without the need of physical keys. It can be used to enter login credentials or search terms and has a layout for each language of the application interface.
    Virtual Keyboard

Home and Search Results Page:

  • Multiple widgets are available for the application's Home page to offer increased functionality for the end-users. All widgets are configurable, they can be enabled/disabled through the Muse Console for Applications Administration.
    • Titles A to Z. The lists with the subscribed titles (books and journals) are ingested into the Muse Central Index and made available for browsing and searches.
    • Publishers. The list of subscribed publishers and their products are nicely displayed in tiles with publisher logos and descriptions. Direct links are available to navigate to publisher platforms using the institutional customer subscription.
    • RSS feeds. A RSS feed can be configured to display items in a widget in the application's Home page.
    • Important Links. External links with accompanying descriptions can be configured into this widget.
    • New: Books and Journals. Static metadata displaying a list of subscribed journals/books to promote for the end-users.
    • Top 10 Most Accessed Titles. This widgets presents the top 10 most accessed titles from the Titles A to Z widget.
  • Implemented the possibility to switch between a Simpler interface view with light functionality and a Richer one with the most complete set of application features that were enabled. A default view (Simpler or Richer) can be set per each application, switching between the views can be done from the "Search Options" panel, "Display Options" section, "View Display" option.
  • "Refine your Results" extended its visual representation with vertical bars for the "Dates" faceting option. The filtering action can be triggered by clicking a specific vertical bar corresponding to the desired date value. Also a slider is available for narrowing the dates for filtering the current result set based on the selected interval. Furthermore, the "Dates" filtering options were enhanced with new values: "Last Month", "Last 6 Months", "Last Year.
    Date Facet
  • The records images are also displayed in a separate widget called Images. It is available in the main area, just after the results and pagination display. The new Images widget presents in an images carousel all images from all retrieved records, clicking on any image will open the image viewer where various actions can be performed, like zoom in/out, move, rotate and share on social networks.
    Images Widget
  • "My List" functionality, which allows to save selected results from multiple searches into a temporarily list for later handling. The results saved into "My List" are available for the current session and they can be used with the existing actions, such as email, saving them into various formats, etc.

Muse Console for Applications Administration (MCAA):

  • All application's new features are configurable through the Muse Administration Console. The application's look and feel can also be customized by writing custom HTML code for header, footer and login page, adding custom CSS. Images such as customer logos can be uploaded on the server and referred into the custom code.
  • The application's widgets can be arranged by drag and drop.
  • The main functionalities can be enabled/disabled per each display type, e.g Extra Small Devices, Small Devices, Medium Devices, Large Devices.

As usual we offer a Free 30 Day Trial period to fully evaluate the new version of MuseKnowledge™ Application. You can request a trial access by simply filling in the trial form.