Past Meetup

"R for Solr", "Blacklight/GeoBlacklight for Discovery & Spatial Search in Solr"

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Lathrop Library at Stanford University

518 Memorial Way · Stanford, CA

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Food & drinks will be available in the 3rd floor courtyard of the library, talks will take place in Lathrop 282

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Join us for an evening of networking, food & drinks, and the below Solr talks from the Stanford Library team.

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Networking, food & drinks

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Presentations

Blacklight: A discovery platform framework: Presented by Chris Beer and Jessie Keck, Stanford Library

Libraries, archives and museums are custodians of cultural heritage material in a wide variety of formats, metadata standards, and user interaction models. In this presentation, we will discuss how the Stanford University Libraries, along with many other libraries and cultural heritage institutions, use Blacklight [1], an open source discovery platform for Ruby on Rails that helps institutions around the world provide access to their knowledge repositories and assets using Apache Solr.


Speaker Bios: Coming soon

Spatial search in Solr; GeoBlacklight and Solr Facet Heatmaps: Presented by Jack Reed, Stanford Library

This presentation will talk about spatial search capabilities of Apache Solr and how they are used at Stanford University. GeoBlacklight, an open source spatial discovery application, will be discussed focusing on spatial search and discovery problems. In addition, a fairly new feature in Solr 5, Facet Heatmaps will be explored and put to task using Leaflet.js and the corpus.

Speaker Bio: Jack works on increasing access to geospatial data at Stanford University Libraries. A contributor to open-source software, Jack is active in the GIS, library, and open-data communities. He also serves on the executive committee of The International Association for Geoscience Diversity.

R client for Solr
Scott Chamberlain, rOpenSci/UC Berkeley

Solr is a widely used search engine tool. As such, the R community needs a client to talk to Solr - to simplify searching Solr installations, and even managing configurations, cores, collections, and documents. This talk will go over the R client in development, and run through a couple of use cases that should provide good reasons to interact with Solr from R.

Speaker Bio: Scott co-founded rOpenSci ( housed within UC Berkeley), a developer collective building R tools for open and reproducible science. Scott was an ecologist in a former life, but now makes open source software, mostly in R, and dabbles in Python and Ruby.