AutoSuggest Implementations Abounds
Over the course of the last 6 months, autosuggesters have been making an appearance many places in library user interfaces. OCLC Research has piloted auto suggest functionality in a development version of Identities and in VIAF. The Identities autosuggest functionality is outlined in issue 9 of code4lib journal article. Currently, the Identities autosuggest is experimental. VIAF also includes an autosuggest feature which can be seen on viaf.org . This autosuggester is currently also available as a web service which can be queried from an external application. For more information on this take a look at the VIAF documentation on the Developer Network website. Elsewhere autosuggest has also been of interest at Washington State University library and Norwich University. At Washington State University, Jon Scott has create auto suggest code that uses data from Freebase. The autosuggest as been prototyped as part of the Orbis Cascade Summit consortia search. One interesting aspect of this autosuggester is that it shows details for suggestions without leaving the auto-complete interface. So for example if you mouse over an author suggestion then you'll see summary information from Wikipedia.
If you mouse over a title suggestion then you'll see information about the book from Freebase
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