marcel wrote:Does it make sense to use your product as the base of an integrated information system?
Absolutely. One of the key goals behind Awasu's design is extensibility, so while it already does a lot out-of-the-box, it can also be extended to do your own custom processing.
Awasu is a powerful product and it can sometimes be intimidating but the fundmental concepts are straight-forward:
(*) plugins let you retrieve information from anywhere
, not just RSS feeds e.g. databases, web services, other programs.
(*) channel hooks let you do something when new information arrives e.g. send out an email, update a database, start another program.
(*) reports let you extract information out of Awasu's database and re-publish it e.g. as an email newsletter, a web page, a new RSS feed. Awasu also gives you the ability to edit and annotate the content before it is re-published.
marcel wrote:If so, what else will I need and what are the expected costs?
How long is a piece of string?
It depends on what exactly you need to do. At a minimum, you need someone who can read documentation and do some basic programming. We offer a consulting service and can do any extension and customization work you might need, or you can go down to your local college and grab some kid there. You may need to buy them beer...
marcel wrote:Do you think I can configure Awasu to seach for only PDF in a given subject?
What do you mean? Are you looking for the word "PDF" in your RSS feeds? Looking for PDF documents? Want to search in PDF documents?
marcel wrote:Could you give me some infos on the search engine and platform behind Awasu?
Awasu uses a customized version of CLucene
. Awasu itself is written in C++.
marcel wrote:And finally I would appreciate some info on the people behing Awasu and your location on the globe.
We're a small company based in Australia. I'm the lead developer, project manager, tester, janitor, in-house musician and all-round nice guy. There is also another guy who does business development and some website admin, and a lady who does the graphic design.