London Lucene/Solr Usergroup – website search and indexing the cloud

This week's London Lucene/Solr Meetup was hosted by asset management company BlackRock who also provided our first speakers. BlackRock manages an astonishing $4.7 trillion in assets (that's more than the GDP of Germany) and operates 90 different websites with around 250,000 content items, so a good and accurate website search engine is essenti...Continue reading

Open source search events roundup for late 2015

Although it's still high summer here in the UK (which means it's probably raining) we're already looking forward to the autumn and the events across the world we're attending. In early September we're running another free to attend London Lucene/Solr Usergroup Meetup, sponsored this time by Blackrock who are talking about using Solr for websites. At the end of Septem...Continue reading

Elasticsearch London Meetup: Templates, easy log search & lead generation

After a long day at a Real Time Analytics event (of which more later) I dropped into the Elasticsearch London User Group, hosted by Red Badger and provided with a ridiculously huge amount of pizza (I have a theory that you'll be able to spot an Elasticsearch developer in a few years by the size of their pizza-filled belly). ...Continue reading

Enterprise Search & Discovery 2014, Washington DC

Last week I attended Enterprise Search & Discovery 2014, part of the KMWorld conference in Washington DC. I'd been asked to speak on Turning Search Upside Down and luckily had the first slot after the opening keynote: thanks to all who came and for the great feedback (there are slides available to conference attendees, I'll publish them more widely soon, but this talk was about media ...Continue reading

Autumn events roundup – ESS DC, Solr vs Elasticsearch & a new Meetup

It's looking like a busy Autumn for search events - first, I'm presenting at Enterprise Search & Discovery 2014 in Washington DC on November 5th, talking about 'Turning Search Upside Down with open source software'. I'll be describing how we've replaced various underperforming, big name closed source search engines with faster & more scalable open source t...Continue reading

Cambridge Search Meetup – Elasticsearch Hackday

Last Friday we hosted a hackday featuring Elasticsearch in Cambridge, following a similar event last year focused on Apache Lucene/Solr. Around 20 people attended from organisations working in sectors including analytics, digital music, bioinformatics and e-commerce, and all the Flax team were there as well. We started with...Continue reading

Cambridge Search Meetup – Knowledge Discovery & Wayfinding

We were lucky enough to have two speakers from Cambridge text mining company Linguamatics at last night's Meetup. Robin Newton kicked us off with an amusing and idiosyncratic view of the uses and mis-uses of search - starting with the problem that when you have text search software, every problem can look like search might solve it. He gave an example of his recent search for a new job: although matching ...Continue reading

Enterprise Search Europe 2014 day 1 – Decisions, research and a Meetup quiz

This year's Enterprise Search Europe was held near Victoria train station in London and unfortunately coincided with a two day strike on the London Underground - worrying for the organisers, but apart from a few notable absences it didn't seem to affect the attendance too much. We started with a keynote from Dale Roberts, whose Continue reading