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Melbourne Search July 2014 Meetup

  • Jul 10, 2014 · 6:00 PM

We have 2 great talks for this meetup!

In true DevOps fashion, Sam Mcleod (@s_mcleod - Operations) & Ricky Cook (@ThatPandaDev - Web Development) from Infoxchange will be tag teaming a presentation of their talk "Search: A Journey of Delivery on a Budget".  


Additionally we have a second guest speaker, Grant Ingersoll (@gsingers) with "This Ain’t Your Father’s Search Engine"

Abstract:  In just a few short years, search has quickly evolved from being a small text box in the nether regions of a website to being front and center in our lives.  Increasingly, however, search engine technology is also being used for practical, real time recommendations, events processing, complex spatial functionality and time series analysis capable of not only matching user's queries in text, but also driving real time decision making and analytics.  In fact, open source Apache Lucene/Solr can do all of this and more by taking advantage of new data structures and algorithms that complement more traditional IR approaches.  In this demo-driven talk, Lucene committer Grant Ingersoll will take a look at some of the new and exciting ways users are leveraging Lucene/Solr and related technology to drive deeper insight into information needs that go beyond keywords in a text box.

Bio: Grant Ingersoll is the CTO and co-founder of LucidWorks as well as an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. Grant’s prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. Grant earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Grant is also the co-author of “Taming Text” from Manning Publications.


As usual we'll have time to mingle over drinks and Pizza.  

If you have something cool, search-wise, that you'd think would fit well in a lightening talk for the evening, please let me know!  



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  • Paul S.

    The Video is available here:

    1 · July 11, 2014

    • Paul S.

      huh? If I click on it it starts at 9 minutes in which avoids all that "Trying to get your Mac to talk 1080 to the projector", but it doesn't skip any part of the talk.. ? (for some reason the Trim tools in Youtube don't yet show up for this clip, it may take some time for some batch process to go over it before I can)

      July 11, 2014

    • Sam M.

      I'm going to blame youtube cookies here ;)

      July 11, 2014

  • Sumit A.

    Just wondering if we get the video recording from last night presentation would be helpful.

    July 11, 2014

  • Sean M.

    Looking forward to the event. We're doing lots of cool work with Solr / Lucene at our company and hoping to learn more. Paul - Happy to talk about what we are doing our architecture - there are 8 sites. Here is the central hub: its an information sharing platform on climate change solutions.

    2 · July 4, 2014

    • Paul S.

      Sean, didn't spot this until now! Whoops, could you contact me on psmith at to discuss it further. cheers!

      July 11, 2014

  • Sumit A.

    Great insights and knowledge sharing. Thanks for arranging.

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Sumit A.

    Listened to so many presentation from Lucid Imagination /revolution. Looking forward to have live presentation from Grant.

    July 2, 2014

  • Chris

    looking forward for this event.

    June 30, 2014

  • Nino S.

    Looking like a good one. Nice.

    June 26, 2014

  • Sam M.

    Great to see Grant Ingersoll as the second talker!

    1 · June 26, 2014

    • Ricky C.

      agreed! really looking forward to it

      June 26, 2014

  • Alexis H.

    Looking forward to it

    June 5, 2014

Our Sponsors

  • Aconex

    Aconex is generously providing us with their venue and refreshments

  • RMIT University

    RMIT is generously providing us with their venue and some food

  • Elasticsearch

    Food, beverage and speakers

  • DiUS

    DiUS will be generously provide the group with a venue and refreshments

  • Lucid Imagination

    T-shirts and goodies

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