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Cambridge Search Meetup - Ontologies & Elasticsearch

We're back in 2014 with a new series of talks on all aspects of search and related themes.

First up is Zoe Rose, an information architect and content designer. Zoe is interested in categories, descriptions, and metadata. She prefers to work in the messy space between natural and formal language. Zoe works at She has also worked at the BBC, Pearson, and Cambridge University Press.
Zoe says "Have you ever played 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon'? If the answer is 'yes', you've already created an ontology.  This talk will explain what ontologies are and what they're for. It features marine invertebrates, Japanese emperors, and Kevin Bacon."

Our second talk will be from Jurgen Van Gael - Jurgen is the Data Science Director at a London based eCommerce startup called Rangespan. Before joining Rangespan he was an applied researcher at Microsoft Research. He says: "Rangespan is an eCommerce startup from London which is trying to help all retailers scale their product range to millions of products. A key tool for our retailer customers is a search engine which they can use to select products they want to launch. In my presentation I'll discuss how we use Elasticsearch at Rangespan and why we think it's a great technology."

Plus the usual networking and followed by live music downstairs! Do feel free to pass on details of the Meetup to colleagues and anyone else you think might be interested.

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  • Charlie H.

    Good to see everyone - here's my writeup we'll be back soon! If you have a talk or a request for one let me know.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to meet the Cambridge search community and learn about ontologies.

    March 6, 2014

  • Martijn K.

    Always interesting and a pleasure. Thanks Zoe and Jurgen for the talks, and Charlie for the organisation!

    March 6, 2014

  • Richard S.

    Really enjoyed both talks and the networking. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks!

    March 6, 2014

  • Barnaby G.

    Good meetup, thanks Charlie

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the nice meetup Charlie, and cool talks Zoe and Jurgen!

    March 5, 2014

  • Charlie H.

    There will be a bar tab from 630 pm so do grab yourself a drink - just tell them you're with the 'search event' upstairs.

    March 5, 2014

  • Tom M.

    Sorry, not able to make it tonight. Have a good one.

    March 5, 2014

  • John B.

    Sorry to miss this,! Unfortunately away on Business

    February 17, 2014

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    organising, drinks, snacks

  • Amazon CloudSearch

    Drinks and nibbles for the meetup at Enterprise Search Europe 2013

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    Sponsorship of the Lucene/Solr Hackday on 26th July 2013

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    Sponsorship of the April 2014 Enterprise Search Europe Social

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    Sponsorship of the April 2014 Enterprise Search Europe Social

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    Sponsors of the Cambridge Search Meetup on May 14th 2014

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    Free food, drinks and swag for the Elasticsearch Hackday

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