Last night we held the first of what we hope will be a series of Meetups in our home town of Cambridge, U.K. Attending were researchers, developers and entrepreneurs in the field of search – as is the norm in Cambridge many had cycled to the venue, and there was a friendly and informal feel to the group.
We started with my presentation on “Searching news media with open source software”, where I talked about our work for the NLA, Financial Times and others. We followed with John Snyder of Grapeshot on “Using Search to Connect Multiple Variants of An Object to One Central Object”. John showed a Grapeshot project for Virgin where different media assets can be automatically grouped together even if they have different metadata – for example an episode of the TV show “Heroes” is basically the same object whether it is broadcast, video-on-demand or a repeat, but differs from the Bowie album of the same name.
We then broke up for discussion (and beer) – great to catch up with some ex-colleagues and meet others for the first time. Downstairs there was live music and one of our colleagues even joined the band for a spell on drums! From the feedback we recieved there’s definitely interest in repeating the event, if you’d like to attend next time please join the Meetup group.