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My work at LucidWorks primarily involves helping customers build their desired solutions.  Recently, more than one customer has inquired about doing “entity extraction”.  Entity extraction, as defined on Wikipedia, “seeks to locate and classify atomic elements in text into predefined categories such as the names of persons, organizations, locations, expressions of times, quantities, monetary values, percentages, etc.”…  When drilling down into the specifics of the requirements from our customers, it turns out that many of
ApacheCon logoAhhh…. ApacheCon!   It’s that time again, and in one of America’s finest cities (Portland, Oregon).  Location and quality content, you can’t beat that.  If you’re active in the “big data”, search, and cloud worlds, you owe it to yourself and your employer to get to ApacheCon later this month.First let me highlight two related presentations immediately relevant to Solr users:Solr Query Parsing
Interpreting what the user meant and what they ideally would …
This past weekend I presented yet another “Rapid Prototyping with Solr” presentation, this time back in the saddle with the No Fluff, Just Stuff symposium in Raleigh, NC…. I intentionally waited until the last minute to hack together a quick script to index some data I haven’t indexed before to demonstrate the ease at which one can grab Solr and immediately make some use out of it. This time around I cobbled together a
If you’re in the central VA, or even in the northern VA / DC area, come join us for the inaugural “Charlottesville Solr and Lucene Meetup”…. Charlottesville is home to the co-authors of Manning’s “Lucene in Action” and Packt’s Solr “Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server” books. This area is a hotbed of search activity thanks to NGIC and DIA calling Charlottesville home, and the many gov’t subcontractors supporting them here. We are also home
I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to speak at Überconf last week in the Denver, CO area. Überconf The annual conference is organized by Jay Zimmerman of No Fluff, Just Stuff fame. Überconf has the same top-notch quality, at a grander scale – 10 concurrent tracks (woah!), full day pre-conference trainings (mobile, anyone?…), food (full breakfast! that’s a REAL hearty bonus!), and many of the best technical presenters in the industry.
At ApacheCon this week I presented “Rapid Prototyping with Solr”.  This is the third time I’ve given a presentation with the same title.  In the spirit of the rapid prototyping theme, each time I’ve created a new prototype just a day or so prior to presenting it.  At Lucene EuroCon… the prototype used attendee data, a treemap visualization, and a cute little Solr-powered “app” for picking attendees at random for the conference giveaways.  For
Lucene and me at ApacheCon EU in Amsterdam March 23-27.I’ve posted a Lucene related event schedule on my blog for people who are interested.  Of particular note are the two days of pre-conference training on both Lucene and Solr.  These are shorter ApacheCon versions of our 3 day training classes….  Obviously, we can’t cover all the material that we do in our full courses, but they are a means for people who
If you’re considering adding search capabilities to your Rails app, and you’re going to be in Richmond VA this Tuesday, do yourself a favor: come out and learn what Solr can do for your application from 6 to 8 pm. Lucid Imagination’s own Erik Hatcher will present on Solr fundamentals to the Central Virginia Ruby Enthusiast Group…. Erik will demonstrate its features live through the command-line and browser, and delve into working with Solr