After a break the Cambridge Search Meetup returns! Come listen & chat about some great search technology and finish the evening with live music in the pub downstairs.
Our first speaker is Richard Marr, a freelance consultant specialising in getting products off the ground who has worked with search in different forms for the past 7 years, including building a commercial comparative image search engine and an award winning news search service:
"Historically the barrier to entry to full-text search has been quite high both in terms of expertise and cost, which restricts innovation in many market segments. While there will always be an intrinsic complexity to search, there's no reason why simple scalable full-text implementations shouldn't become cheap and easy to implement, even for low cost or zero-budget apps. To demonstrate how easy it should be I'll live-code a simple search app using horizontally scaling components."
Our second talk comes from Liang Shen, who will talk about his work on Journal Selector ( http://www.edanzediting.com/journal_advisor ), a tool that helps researchers to pick up journals for publishing their papers. It's based on open source projects including Lucene/Solr/Nutch, Hadoop, Drupal, Piwik ... and deployed on Amazon's web service.
Plus the usual snacks, beer and networking - there will be a bar tab so do get a drink before you come upstairs.