We don't want to use Google for our searching/indexing. Does anyone know of some alternatives?
We have OU Search. Have you looked at it?
My personal opinion is that Google (GSA or some form of custom search) doesn’t always serve all your audiences well for search, since you can apply your internal knowledge to provide more appropriate results in some cases. Is this why you don’t want to use Google, or is it something else?
To your question, there are also a host of open source alternatives, nutch, lucene, etc. and there are a few proprietary search products as well. Or... when I was at Lewis & Clark College, we chose to develop our own search as a Rails app, which also gave us the ability to completely tailor results and build in other related functions. The downside is the maintenance and meeting expectations when competing with Google.
I hope this helps. Feel free to email me.
Our problem isn't a technical one; We have issues with their terms of service. We'd rather have something proprietery instead of open source. I'd forgotten about OU Search and emailed Monina about it this AM.