ECIR 2011 Industry day – part 2 of 2

Here's the second writeup. We started after lunch with a talk from Flavio Junqueira of Yahoo! on web search engine cacheing. He talked both about the various things that can be cached (query results, term lists and document data) and the pros and cons of dynamic versus static caching. His work has focused on the former, with a decoupled approach - i.e. the cache doesn't automatically know what's chang...Continue reading

ECIR 2011 overview

I spent part of last week at the 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval in Dublin, as I had been asked to speak during the Industry Day (of which, more later - far too much useful information to cram into one blog post!). Arriving late afternoon on Wednesday I caught up with Olly Betts of Oligarchy, one of the core Xapian developers who'd travelled from New Zealand. Olly ...Continue reading

London Enterprise Search Meetup – Databases vs. Search and Taxonomies

Back to London for the next Enterprise Search Meetup, this time featuring Stefan Olafsson of TwigKit and Jeremy Bentley of Smartlogic. Stefan started off with a brief look at relational databases and search engines, and whether the latter can ever supersede the former. He talked about how modern search techno...Continue reading

Perspectives on learning at Search Meetup Cambridge

Last night was the second Cambridge search meetup, held in a (rather noisy as it turned out) pub close to the river. It was great to see so many new faces from a wide range of backgrounds including bioinformatics, rare books and academic publishing. First of the talks was from Tyler Tate of TwigKit, who described the typical sear...Continue reading