The DC Municipal Regulations
Most open data sites run as traditional websites; they have a content management function (a UI for editing content), a 'search engine', dynamic indexes, and more. They cost quite a bit of money to maintain, and often don't perform very well.
This is a different approach.
invert.js generates an inverted index
this search index can be quite large, it allows it to be segmented.
titles.js generates a titles document, and
index.html is a lightweight
Future bits will generate redirects to provide alternative url schemes via generating redirect pages.
The objective is to allow a large dataset, like the DCMR (~20k documents, ~68MB of plain text), to be quickly and easily browsed on a website that's powered by a simple, cheap host like Amazon S3. A government or individual could then pre-pay for years of service.
This should also permit incredibly easy clonability; federating the data store will be as simple as downloading a copy.
mkdir docs text indexes
Install node.js module dependencies:
Scrape the datasource
Generate a json document from the titles generated in the docs directory
Convert the documents into plain text
Requires python plugins
sh installed which you can install via pip
Lastly, generate an index by running
cd generate_index node invert.js node trie.js