Search packages (meta collections)

A search package is required for every search that is configured within Funnelback. A search package bundles together:

  • One or more data sources, which defines the total available data for the search. Data sources can be shared by different search packages.

  • One or more results pages, each of which define the scope, template, configuration and ranking that is applied when running a search.

A search package is similar to a meta collection from older versions of Funnelback.

Create a search package

It is recommended that you create at least one data source before setting up a search package.

Creating a search package involves the following high-level steps:

  1. Create a new search package from the search dashboard.

  2. Select the data sources that you wish to include in your search.

  3. Create a results page to enable users to search your combined data sources.

Create a search package via the search dashboard

  1. Log in to the search dashboard.

  2. Click the add a new search package button.

  3. Define a name for the search package.

  4. Select the data sources from the list of available data sources presented in the drop down menu or skip to add data sources later.

  5. Review the choices you have made then click finish to create the search package.

Naming advice:

  • Keep the names succinct and meaningful, concentrating on the purpose (e.g. public-website, intranet).

  • Avoid having the data source type as part of the name.

  • Use well known abbreviations like usa for United States of America

  • Don’t use shortened names for example by dropping a few letrs cos its hrd 2 undrstnd.

  • Avoid using complete domain names (e.g. www-client-com-au)

Manage a search package

The search package management screen is accessed in the following way:

  1. From the search dashboard home page locate your search package in the main listing.

  2. Click on the name of the search package that you wish to edit, or select edit details from the manage menu.

Configure the search results display

Search results are displayed using a results page, which must be set up before any user can run a search against your search package.

You can define many results pages for a search package.

A results page is similar to a frontend service, or service-enabled profile from older versions of Funnelback.

Rename a search package

This updates the name displayed for a search package. It does not change the search package ID (as used for the collection parameter in searches). The search package ID cannot be changed.

To update the search package name:

  1. Open the search package screen, then select edit search package configuration from the settings panel.

  2. Edit (or create) the service_name option and enter the desired name.

  3. Save the change. The new search package name will be displayed as soon as the save is complete.

Add and remove data sources

Search packages can include up to a maximum 64 (non-push) data sources. Push data sources can also be included but this will greatly reduce the maximum number of data sources that can be included.

Add and remove results pages

Delete a search package

  1. From the search dashboard home page locate your search package in the main listing.

  2. Select delete search package from the manage menu for the search package.

  3. A confirmation dialog box will appear. Click the delete search package button to confirm the deletion.