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The Socialcast connector will crawl content from any Socialcast Community server through its REST API. The connector will request and retrieve Socialcast messages, comments, attachments, conversations, polls, users, groups, streams, likes, flags and badges.

Features


Some of the features of the Socialcast connector include:

  • Ability to perform either full or incremental crawling (so that only new/updated documents are indexed)
  • Fetches access control lists (ACLs) for Socialcast item-level security (Security is based on Socialcast groups)
  • Fetches metadata for retrieved content
  • Is search engine independent. The content retrieved can be published by Aspire to any search engine
  • Runs from any server with access to the given Socialcast Community and conforms to the Hardware and Network Considerations for Aspire .

Future Development Plan


Some of the features of the Socialcast connector include:

The following features are not currently implemented, but are on the development plan:

  • Ability to control what content is requested from the repository during crawling.
  • Support challenge and projects item types (the API support for this type is not yet available in the Socialcast REST API).

Limitations


  • Crawling account should have access to all the groups (including private groups) that you want to crawl. With default settings administrator can't access private groups as well (if he is not a member of that group). But company can request community administrator access to private groups. Please check "Accessing Private Groups" section in Socialcast documentation. Also as a workaround for this, crawling user can be added to all the groups in Socialcast site (as a member).
  • If the crawling user is not belongs to a conversation, then crawling user can't access the content of that conversation. In that case we can't crawl the conversation. Please check "Private messages" section in Socialcast documentation.

  • Socialcat has user type called "External contributors" and external contributors have limited access to site content. Our Socialcast connector doesn't support external contributors. And we assume search is only available for internal members.

 

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