Open Source/Industry Trends

Solr Powered Libraries: A survey of the world's knowledge bases

Presented by Erik Hatcher, Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Co-founder, LucidWorks

Using Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies, information and knowledge have become vastly more searchable, findable, and accessible. Because scholars and researchers are some of the most demanding users of search systems, the problems encountered by the implementers are complex. For example, many of the applications built on these technologies also thrive on intentionally designed-in serendipitous discovery capabilities, bringing to light previously unknown, yet related and potentially interesting, content.

Libraries and other public knowledge-sharing environments, such as Wikipedia, generally embrace "open source" and community improving contributions as core principles, making a lovely synergy with the power, features, and community-driven ecosystem provided by Lucene and Solr.

Advanced Query Parsing Techniques

Presented by Paul Nelson, Chief Architect, Search Technologies

Lucene and Solr provide a number of options for query parsing, and these are valuable tools for creating powerful search applications. This presentation will review the role that advanced query parsing can play in building systems, including: Relevancy customization, taking input from user interface variables such as the position on a website or geographical indicators, which sources are to be searched and 3rd party data sources. Query parsing can also enhance data security. Best practices for building and maintaining complex query parsing rules will be discussed and illustrated.

SolrCloud: the 'Search First' NoSQL database

Presented by Mark Miller, Software Engineer, Cloudera

As the NoSQL ecosystem looks to integrate great search, great search is naturally beginning to expose many NoSQL features. Will these Goliath's collide? Or will they remain specialized while intermingling – two sides of the same coin.
Come learn about where SolrCloud fits into the NoSQL landscape. What can it do? What will it do? And how will the big data, NoSQL, Search ecosystem evolve. If you are interested in Big Data, NoSQL, distributed systems, CAP theorem and other hype filled terms, than this talk may be for you.

Designing the Search Experience

Presented by Tyler Tate, Cofounder, TwigKit

Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, we must understand both the art and science of search.In this talk Tyler Tate, cofounder of TwigKit and coauthor of the new book Designing the Search Experience, weaves together the theories of information seeking with the practice of user interface design, providing a comprehensive guide to designing search.Pulling from a wealth of research conducted over the last 30 years, Tyler begins by establishing a framework of search and discovery. He outlines cognitive attributes of users—including their level of expertise, cognitive style, and learning style; describes models of information seeking and how they've been shaped by theories such as information foraging and sensemaking; and reviews the role that task, physical, social, and environmental context plays in the search process.

Tyler then moves from theory to practice, drawing on his experience of designing 50+ search user interfaces to provide practical guidance for common search requirements. He describes best practices and demonstrates reams of examples for everything from entering the query (including the search box, as-you-type suggestions, advanced search, and non-textual input), to the layout of search results (such as lists, grids, maps, augmented reality, and voice), to result manipulation (e.g. pagination and sorting) and, last but not least, the ins-and-outs of faceted navigation. Through it all, Tyler also addresses mobile interface design and how responsive design techniques can be used to achieve cross-platform search.This intensive talk will enable you to create better search experiences by equipping you with a well-rounded understanding of the theories of information seeking, and providing you with a sweeping survey of search user interface best practices.