PivotViewer: oh, the possibilities [Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:16:26 +0000]
I've been casually learning Solr in order to easily create a faceted search/retrieval interface for some digital collections with OAI feeds but now I kinda wish I was learning to do that with Microsoft's PivotViewer [http://www.silverlight.net/learn/data-networking/pivot-viewer/pivotviewer-control] instead.
I won't do that, at least for now, but I probably won't be able to resist in the near future.
Here [http://netflixpivot.cloudapp.net/]'s a cool demo of it with some Netflix OData.
IMAGE: "Pivot View of Netflix Instant Watch Movies"[http://cdn.blog.smarx.com/images/netflixpivot_screenshot%5B6%5D]
For a description of how it's done, check out this post: Pivot, OData, and Windows Azure: Visual Netflix Browsing [http://blog.smarx.com/posts/pivot-odata-and-windows-azure-visual-netflix-browsing].
Adding this follow-up thought the next day: Actually, Pivot would be a really good way to make eBooks and eAudio titles discoverable ... all those book covers. Sheet music (first page) would be cool, too.
Oh, the possibilities.