When first coming to discoverygarden, I was overwhelmed with a number of acronyms and terms that instantly flew over my business-minded head. One term that I often heard was Solr, which in my mind was spelt “solar” making it difficult to find on the internet and learn about on my own time. After some more thorough research and digging I came to find that what Solr does is something that I had been taking for granted for the better part of my life.
Islandora uses Apache Solr as its search engine. Solr is an open source enterprise search engine and is a part of the Apache Lucene project. Lucene itself began in 1999 and became part of the Apache Software Foundation’s family in 2001. Solr came along in 2004 as an internal search engine at CNET Networks which later donated the source code to Apache.