How It Works

Voyager makes building
your search engine easy.



Navigo combines the power of the best-of-breed in modern
search technologies, Solr and Lucene, with an intuitive UI.
Discover, find and deliver with Voyager Search.


The glue between systems

Most search and data management solutions require data migration, expensive consultants and massive amounts of storage. Voyager is different. Once you point Voyager to a content repository, it will read and extract any data it can from the 1800+ file formats we support, creating a digital catalog as it goes.

  • Connect to any database or file system
  • WMS, WFS, CKAN, CS-W and more
  • SharePoint, other Content Management Systems, Search Engines and Cloud Storage
  • ArcSDE, ArcGIS Online and Portal
  • No migration of data or custom code
  • Extensible to include custom locations


GIS data, maps, services and everything else

Voyager began with a focus of making specialized geospatial data and formats searchable and smart. But, today we read over 1800 different complex formats and web services. And, our framework is extensible. Have a format that we don’t yet understand? We can add it for you.

  • Relationship between a map document and its layers automatically shown
  • Location information extracted from the coordinates of the content
  • Complex geometries shown on a map
  • More than 1,800 spatial and non-spatial formats

Indexing Pipeline:

Enhance and harmonize the index

As Voyager is indexing content, it extracts every bit of traditional and non-traditional metadata so that it can be used for search and discovery. Creating a digital catalog as it goes.

  • Automatically creates thumbnails
  • Automatically add geospatial context
  • Records schema hash so you can find duplica te data
  • Metadata extraction allows administrators to select and manipulate specific entries from content’s associated XML metadata
  • Document transformers allow administrators to add, remove or update data directly in the index
  • Custom python pipeline steps can be created

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Search Services:

Find what you need with wildcard, keyword, spatial and faceted search

Voyager offers all of the search services that you’re familiar with as well as some new ones you might not expect.

  • All of a document’s text searchable by keywords
  • Complete geospatial text search using our gazetteer or your custom one
  • Powerful geospatial map-based search allows you to draw a box, line, polygon or point and buffer it to search
  • Facet or filters add the ability to drill in based on the structure of your content: hierarchies, checkbox, time spans, data ranges and more
  • Autocomplete makes search easier

Cleanup and Delivery:

Voyager’s processing framework can streamline data management and content delivery

Our Python based processing environment lets you run scripts on your content. Voyager includes tools for data managers to do things like clean up broken paths across multiple documents at once, clip, zip and ship a bundle of data or roll your own.

  • Generate reports
  • Download files
  • Transform batches of data
  • Run a custom model
  • Configuration of user permissions and security controls
  • Integrate third party tools like LocateXT and FME Server
  • Extensible using Python
  • And much, much more

Interfaces - Navigo and the APIs:

Configure our UI for your user or just use it to get a jump on rolling your own

No other search engines gives you a complete UI to build the index, configure the presentation of the results, manage security and present the results to users. Even if you intend to roll your own using the Voyager API or customizing the Navigo Open Source UI, having a testable application to see how your index looks gives you a step up on building your own.

  • View search results as summary, list or thumbnail highlight
  • Customizable map view
  • Controls to configure appearance of page elements
  • Options to personalize homepage
  • Tag and flag items to promote them using our Community Extension
  • Complete management controls for adding locations and managing the indexing pipeline
  • Complete Search UI without writing a single line of code

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Voyager controlling and securing your content

Not everyone should have access to every item in the index or every tool in the Navigo UI. Access to the content indexed by Voyager and the functionality offered to your users is protected by Voyager internal security and/or integration with your enterprise security system.

  • Add or remove users
  • Session time tracking
  • Control specific permissions for users and groups
  • Manage location-based and query-based access
  • Restrict access to content repositories
  • ACL access controls passed down to Voyager end users
  • Automatic Logout
  • Internal authentication*
  • Integration with Windows Authentication*
  • Integration with LDAP*
  • Single sign-on*

*Comes standard with Voyager Pro or available as an add-on for Voyager Basic with the purchase of the Enterprise Security Extension

Learn more about our Enterprise Security Extension

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