Talks: Replacing Autonomy IDOL with Solr, Elasticsearch for e-commerce & relevancy tuning

I’ll be speaking at several events over the next few weeks, in the UK and abroad. On the 19th of November I’ll be at the FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress in Vienna, to talk about how we helped our client Infomedia migrate from a closed-source search engine (Autonomy IDOL and Verity) to a new platform based on Apache Lucene/Solr and our own Luwak stored search library. Infomedia are Denmark’s leading provider of media monitoring and analysis and wanted to future-proof their search platform: we’ll talk about open source makes this possible and how we implemented stored search, handled highly complex queries and how the new platform is scalable and flexible.

On the 25th I’ll be presenting at the London Elasticsearch Usergroup with our client Westcoast, who we have been helping with an Elasticsearch implementation. Westcoast are a B2B supplier of electronics and white goods with yearly revenues of over £1billion, and we’ve helped them implement a powerful new search engine for their website. E-commerce is one sector where good search is an essential part of driving revenue.

Next, on the 26th I’ll be talking one of my favourite events of the year, the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group’s Search Solutions, on how we might improve how search engine relevance is tested. I’ll suggest a more formal process of test-based relevance tuning and show some useful tools. Our client NLA media access are also talking about the new Clipshare platform we built on Apache Lucene/Solr.

Do let me know if you’re attending and would like to chat – I’ll also be publishing slides and more information about the projects above soon.

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