This page will allow you to search the Solr index by specifying keywords. In the meantime, data is available directly from the Solr REST interface. This will be documented shortly!
07/12/12 The metadata has been reloaded, with significant improvements:
The aggregated data in Will's World are stored in two separate Solr cores, one for metadata about objects and records, and the other for metadata describing services that relate to William Shakespeare. There will eventually be a manual search interface for public use, but for the purposes of the hack you should be able to extract the data you need more easily using HTTP, as described in the Solr querying tutorial and in the sample queries given below. There are also some helpful searching parameters described at Solr common query parameters that you can try, if you want to control which results are returned and how they are ordered.
You can access the Solr databases at the base URLs http://willsworld.edina.ac.uk/solr/metadata/select and http://willsworld.edina.ac.uk/solr/services/select. To perform a query, append to these URLs a question mark followed by the query parameters. Examples are given below.
Add &rows=N to get the search to return N rows of results.
Add asterisks (wildcards) around a term in order to search for it anywhere in the content of a field.
Look at the Metadata Schema which describes the fields that can be searched in the metadata core, and the type of data they contain.
Look at the Services Schema which describes the fields that can be searched in the services core, and the type of data they contain.
To see how many of the resulting records are of each type, facet on the dc.type field. The fields that can be faceted are: dc.type, ww.credit, dc.creator, dc.contributor, dc.publisher