Last night the London Search Meetup returned after a year’s absence: it’s great to see it back. The venue was at St Pancras with the room overlooking Eurostar trains and statues, inside the beautifully restored station building.
The speakers were both there to talk about their recent books: prolific author Martin White of Intranet Focus has written a book on Enterprise Search with the strapline ‘Enhancing Business Performance’. Martin has decades of experience in the sector, an enviable collection of war stories from inside the enterprise and was as ever an engaging speaker.
Next up were Tony Russell-Rose and Tyler Tate to talk about their new book which focuses on the user experience of search. ‘Designing the Search Experience’ promises to be a rich resource on how, why and where people use search and how this impacts the design of user interfaces.
The evening ended with some lively discussion and a promise that after its long absence this Meetup will now be happening on a more regular basis. We’re also running our own Cambridge search meetup – the next event is on February 21st where we’ll be hearing about web crawling and scraping. Another date for your diary is the Enterprise Search Europe conference on May 15th & 16th this year – the programme has just been published and features speakers from Ernst & Young and Oracle. I’ll also be running a workshop the day before the conference on Getting the Best from Open Source Search.