Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Add an RSS indexer

    An RSS feed indexer would be helpful because it’s so generic. Also easy to create reuse on different platforms. (Request from Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeidoKevin/status/585660800980877313)

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      0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

      In the meantime – you could consider using LogicApps to create triggers for your RSS feeds and push the data either into a blob for an Azure Search indexer to pick up, or directly send an HTTP post request to push the data directly into the indexer.

      Thanks,
      Elad
      Azure Search Product Team

    • Use Webhooks after running an indexer

      It would be interesting if an indexer could use Webhooks to notify that it has finished indexing. In this way, for example, we can integrate it with Azure functions and avoid having to poll for the status of an Indexer that I have triggered.
      I'm working on an application that will create contents and place them in Blob Storage. An indexer will be executed and I would like to execute some searches once the indexing is done. It would be nice if the Indexer could notify a function (via a webhook) that it finished indexing in order to execute those…

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      • Add support for indexing PDF Custom meta data

        PDF Files allow custom meta data fields. In an archive it is good practice that the meta data is not separated from the document and hence we use the custom fields. We do however want to be able to search our archives don't want to have to write custom extractors to add the meta data to the index

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        • support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

          Support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

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          • Support for Postgresql for using indexers

            Please provide support for ingesting data from PostgreSQL, similar to the existing support for Azure SQL Database.

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            • index/crawl OneNote with deep links for results

              Be able to crawl OneNote with deep links for results

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              • Ability to identify from what data source the index document was created

                While indexing multiple data sources(azure tables) into same index I'd like to identify what data source produces specific document. This will allow to reference back to the system that can show original document.

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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Increase Blob Indexer file size limits

                  The "Blob indexer: maximum characters of content extracted from a blob" limit seems rather restrictive, 32K for free, 64K for standard and 4MB for everything else. Plus when this limit is reached all you see in the azure portal is

                  [{ "key": null, "message": "Truncated extracted text to 32768 characters." }]

                  It'd be useful to know which documents are affected.

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                  • Populate json string in Azure SQL table directly into Azure Search Index such that it is queryable on json attributes

                    I have a column in my Azure SQL table that contains json (not array of strings) is there a direct way to populate that into azure search index so that it is queryable (filterable on the json attributes)

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                    • Support indexing JSON-LD embedded in HTML documents

                      Support indexing structured data (e.g. schema.org) in HTML documents.

                      6 votes
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                      • Support for indexing multi-line JSON files

                        Support for indexing multi-line JSON files (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON_Streaming). Currently blob indexer extracts entire json file as one document.

                        It would be also nice to pair this with the gzip support so that it will be able to index *.json.gz files

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Indexer priority

                          We are using CosmosDb as our DB for apps search and we need to have overrides to change apps metadata on-the-fly. This allows us to hide some apps from clients or change privacy statements without the need for the developer to re-upload their work.

                          To achieve this, we use a CosmosDb collection for the app data and another for the overrides.
                          In order to provide our clients with search, we use Azure Search and to keep indexes up-to-date, we wanted to use Indexers.

                          It is indeed possible at the present time to have multiple data sources get uploaded to the…

                          3 votes
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                          • StorSimple

                            Search over file shares in StorSimple

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                            • Support field mapping to another index or at least to predefined map/dictionary

                              I have a column with integers(enum) stored in azure table that I'm indexing but I'd like to show in search results human readable values. I have two options:
                              1. Provide a dictionary id -> name in fieldMapping of indexer
                              2. Provide ability to reference other index to use field value as key to take value from that index.

                              The second option is more preferable since it will allow to implement different Catalog like indices (foreign keys)

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                              • Provide an agent to watch a filesystem for document changes

                                I'm currently using dropbox for this, and it would be nice to bypass this step, and go directly to search

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                                  0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

                                  In the meantime – we do support indexer through Azure Files which would allow you to do what you’re looking for. Another alternative would be to use Logic Apps (or Flow), and create triggers for your file system, pushing the data into a blob or Posting it directly to the search index.

                                  Thanks,
                                  Elad
                                  Azure Search Product Team

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