The idea be to would combine a grokker visual search
mapping interface with a federated engine and connector library
from Muse along with the the sun portal search and solaris
webservices stack all in a nice T2000 or SunFire x2100 ordereable
off the Web for cheap.
I figure I'll spend a few cycles in the next week and
configure up a model for it all. Then, I can start to talk to people
about it at the Sun Worldwide Education Conference in March
in New York.
In the meantime, if anyone else thinks it may be an interesting
initiative, please send me your thoughts or flames...