Search Patterns, a great collection

Peter Morville has created a Flickr collection of 'search patterns', showing the different kind of search interfaces available. I can highly recommend you take a look if you'd like some good examples of clustering, faceted navigation, auto-suggest and interfaces for certain sectors such as e-commerce. We often find these concepts difficult to explain to customers without some ...Continue reading

Enterprise search – for free

We recently helped a small marine consultancy, running a Windows network, implement a completely free enterprise search solution. Even SMEs are now finding it hard to keep on top of the information they produce, and there are few low-cost options for searching their documents. Read the case study here (PDF). ...Continue reading

Xapian compared

Vik Singh has been comparing various open source solutions for search. He only spent a weekend performing the comparison, which is probably not enough time to get any search software performing at its best, and his results reflect this. Xapian was marked down for being slow at indexing (he says 5x slower than SQLite - but then again, SQLite isn't a search engine, it's a RDBMS, and...Continue reading