While other news organisations are struggling to find their feet in an increasingly digital world, Guardian News & Media have reinvented themselves not as a publisher, but as a content platform. This platform approach means that Guardian.co.uk (http://Guardian.co.uk/)'s wealth of content can be extensively searched and re-published by anyone on any website.
That's why we are very pleased to be hearing from several members of the Technology Development team about how they utilise search technologies at The Guardian. The programme will be as follows:
Stephen Dunn (Head of Tech Strategy) - 'A brief history of search at The Guardian'
Mat Wall (Lead Technical Architect) & Graham Tackley (Platform Development Team Lead) - 'Building the Guardian Content API'
Thibaut Sacreste (Software Developer) - 'Solr spatial search'
Daithi O Crualaoich (Software Developer) - 'Putting Linked Data into the Content API'
Daniel Levitt (Developer, Recipe Search MicroApp) - 'Developing the Recipe Search Microapp'
Philip Wills (Technical architect) - 'Abusing Solr function queries'
Martin Belam (Information Architect) - 'Why news search fails...and what you can do about it'
We're also grateful to Guardian News & Media for sponsoring this event by providing the meeting facility and refreshments on the evening.
The meetup will be held on Monday, October 18th at The Guardian's offices at Kings Place (http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/your-visit) near Kings Cross (map (http://bit.ly/KingsPlaceN1)). Refreshments will be available from 6:15, with presentations beginning at 7:00. There are only 40 spots available, and as they will go quickly, it's recommended that you RSVP right away!
You can find the entrance to The Guardian News & Media's Kings Place (http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/your-visit) office on the corner of York Way & Wharfdale Road. Enter the gallery (currently showing the exhibition Gnùis: Photographs by Murdo Macleod) and go up the escalator, where you will find a sign-in desk specifically for this event in the reception.