An invitation to test a scientific search plugin I wrote

Dear all,

thanks to @cgrunenberg’s quick help (during a holiday!), I got my first search plugin to a state where I feel comfortable inviting people to test it. Writing plugins is new to me and I do it purely out of interest, so there are surely a few issues to be found.

The plugin targets BASE (, the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine. Its self-description is at; for this thread, it will be sufficient to say it’s a huge, open-access focused scientific search engine that I have not yet seen supported in DEVONagent. I hope that the plugin will be helpful to researchers in the more open-access-friendly sciences, where OAI is a familiar acronym.

The source code snippet is included below. To test the plugin, just create a new module named “BASE with OA boost”, click on “edit” and paste the code into the edit window.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
	<string>A plugin for the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine with Open Access ranking boost enabled</string>
	<string>BASE plugin v0.1, J. Starek</string>
	<string>==== Pager ====</string>
	<string>BASE with OA boost</string>
	<string>!-- RecordDrivers/Base/result.tpl--</string>
	<string>record-panel panel panel-default</string>

Many thanks in advance for all feedback!

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I tried it and it worked fine. Thanks for sharing.

Alas, at least for me, the BASE doesn’t provide as many results as I would like and I prefer other Search databases.

Actually it wasn’t a public holiday here :wink: