How to remove a stored field in Lucene

While working on a customer project recently we found a very large field that was stored unnecessarily in the Lucene index, taking up a lot of space. As it would have taken a very long time to re-index (there are tens of millions of complex documents in this case) we looked for a way to remove the stored field in-place. There's an interesting set of slides from last year's Apache Lucene Eurocon which discuss this kind of Lucene index pos...Continue reading

Cambridge Search Meetup – Flow in Search UX and TrueKnowledge

The Cambridge Enterprise Search Meetup last night featured Francis Rowland of the European Bioinformatics Institute and Rob Stacey of TrueKnowledge, in a newly refurbished venue. Thanks to all those who came and it was good to meet some new faces. Francis talked about how search user interfaces should t...Continue reading

Whitepaper – Why you should be considering open source search

I've uploaded a whitepaper I wrote a short while ago : "In these rapidly changing times we don't know what we will need to search tomorrow – so it's important to be adaptable, flexible and able to cope with data volumes that may not scale linearly. Maintaining control over the future of your search software is also key. Open source search has come of age and every modern business should be awa...Continue reading

Open source in the UK

We've recently been forging links with the UK's larger open source software community and have joined the Open Source Consortium. Another interesting organisation is Guildfoss who have asked us to speak at an event on 9th June at the British Computer Society's offices in London on discussing the skills necessary for buildin...Continue reading