Building a new press cuttings service for the Financial Times

Those of you who read my slides from Search Solutions 2010 will have spotted a case study on our work for the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations. When the Financial Times decided to bring their digital press cuttings in-house in summer 2010, they asked us to build a powerful 'search server' that they could easily integrate into their existing product offerings. We built an indexer for...Continue reading

When search isn’t just search at The Guardian

A fascinating event last night as the Guardian team told us more about how they've used open source search technology to build their new open platform. The presentations were brief and to-the-point, and covered how the team have created a detailed, rich API to their news content, all built on the open source engine Continue reading

Further revolutions

Back for the second day of Lucene Revolution, with some great talks on migrating to Solr from FAST ESP, the new flexible indexing features coming to Lucene 'real soon now', and finishing off with a panel discussion. I felt privileged to sit as part of this panel between Eric Gries, CEO of Lucid Imagination, and Paul Doscher of Exalead - the discussion was lively and interesting (I hope!) to the audience. I'm looking forward to returning to the UK wi...Continue reading

A revolution indeed

I'm at the Lucene Revolution conference in Boston, USA for the next few days - and it's aptly named. If there's anyone out there who still doubts that open source search is a serious alternative to a commercial engine, the numbers and other information coming out of this event will be convincing. Twitter are now using Lucene to handle a billion queries a dayContinue reading

Flax partners with Lucid Imagination

We're very happy to announce that we've been selected as an Authorized Partner by Lucid Imagination, the commercial company for Lucene and Solr. You can read the press release as a PDF here. Apache Lucene and Solr, available as open source software from the Apache Software Foundation, are powerful, scalable, reliable and fully-fea...Continue reading