Lucene conference touches many areas of growth in search by Andy Oram.
From the post:
With a modern search engine and smart planning, web sites can provide visitors with a better search experience than Google. For instance, Google may well turn up interesting results if you search for a certain kind of shirt, but a well-designed clothing site can also pull up related trousers, skirts, and accessories. It’s not Google’s job to understand the intricate interrelationships of data on a particular web property, but the site’s own team can constantly tune searches to reflect what the site has to offer and what its visitors uniquely need.
Hence the important of search engines like Solr, based on the Lucene library. Both are open source Apache projects, maintained by Lucid Imagination, a company founded to commercialize the underlying technology. I attended parts of Lucid Imagination’s conference this week, Lucene Revolution, and found Lucene evolving in the ways much of the computer industry is headed.
Andy’s summary of the conference will make you wonder two things:
- Why weren’t you at the Lucene Revolution conference this year?
- Where are the videos from Lucene Revolution 2012?
I won’t ever be able to answer #1 but will post an answer to #2 as soon as it is available.