Index Data has released a major upgrade to its open source Zebra indexing engine that makes it UNICODE compliant. With this upgrade, Zebra is now able to support indexing and searching in any UNICODE compliant script.
"Our user community has been asking us for quite some time to enable Zebra to index and search such scripts as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean, so we are delighted to finally offer a new version of Zebra that can interact with the ICU libraries." said Sebastian Hammer, Index Data's President. ICU stands for "International Components for Unicode" and is a development project sponsored, supported, and used by IBM, and that consists of a set of open source program libraries that help applications process Unicode data in any script.
"We are pleased that a group of libraries has stepped up to the plate to help make possible this major enhancement," added Lynn Bailey, Index Data's newly appointed CEO. "This project is an example of sponsored development through which Index Data and its partners can serve the entire library and information community. I personally would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make the internationalization of Zebra a reality. They have made it possible for anyone around the world to freely download and use this new capability."
The following organizations participated in this effort:
- Library of Congress
- The libraries of OPALS-NA (OPen-source Library Automation System-North America)
- The South Asia Union Catalogue based at the University of Chicago
- University of Crete (Greece)
Zebra is a high performance XML-based indexing engine and database server that can index, retrieve, and serve up text in any format. It also natively understands MARC and Z39.50/SRU. Currently Zebra scales up to support very fast indexing and retrieval of over 50 million records or files in excess of 10 gigabytes. Snippet support to handle very large documents was added earlier this year. Zebra is distributed under the GNU General Public License: documentation and software downloading are freely available at http://indexdata.com/zebra.