Next-generation media monitoring with open source search

Media monitoring is not a traditional search application: for a start, instead of searching a large number of documents with a single query, a media monitoring application must search every incoming news story with potentially thousands of queries, searching for words and terms relevant to client requirements. This can be difficult to scale, especially when accuracy must be maintained - a client won't be happy if their media monitors miss relevant stories or send them news that isn't relevant. ...Continue reading

Chalk and cheese – the difficulty of analysing open source options

David Fishman of Lucid Imagination has blogged on how open source search is treated by the analyst community (you can even use his links to get hold of some of the reports mentioned for the usual price of your contact details). We can add to his list a report from the Real Story Group<...Continue reading

How not to make the same mistake twice

We've been aware that some FAST customers will be considering migration for a while now - but Autonomy have finally caught up. However, if you migrate from one closed source solution to another, how can you guarantee that the same sort of events that have led to the current situation won't happen again? With open source, there's no vendor...Continue reading

Online Information 2010 – it's quiet, too quiet

We dropped in to the Online 2010 event at Olympia this week, and were immediately struck by how quiet the event was: yes, there's been some terrible weather recently in the UK but there were fewer stalls than last year, a smaller exhibition space and very few exhibitors in the enterprise search space - no Autonomy, Google, Vivisimo or Endeca for example. Unlike previous years there was no dedicated 'search' area on the exhibition floor, and we d...Continue reading

Intranet search event

Intranet Search was the theme for a small gathering last night at the (rather imposing) Ministry of Justice in London. We heard from Luke Oatham on intranet search at the Ministry itself, powered by Google over a reasonably small set of static and hand-published HTML. Simon Thompson continued with a neat way of enhancing Sharepoint search, using Continue reading

Enterprise Search Meetup: exploratory search, TravelMatch and Stephen Arnold

Last night I went to another excellent Enterprise Search London Meetup, at Skinkers near London Bridge. I'd been at the Online show all day, which was rather tiring, so it was great to sit down with beer and nibbles and hear some excellent speakers. Max Wilson kicked off with a talk on Continue reading