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July 16, 2009

Lucene/Solr Meet-Up in New York City 7/22

MTV is hosting a New York City Lucene/Solr meet up featuring the guys from Lucid Imagination.
This seems to be similar to the meet-up in San Francisco last month which we've written about in the blog. Unique to the New York event will be a talk by MTV's Michael Rosencrantz will talk about how they are using Solr and the benefits they are seeing.

Visit the meet-up page to learn more and to sign up for the event. If you want to go, register now because the number of available seats is dropping fast.

We've used Solr and Lucene on a number of large projects, and it's certainly become a darned good search engine. In fact, the internal structures of the 1.4 release are almost identical to the internal structure of Verity back in its early days. The catch is that the project technology is really enterprise scale; the packaging still leaves something to be desired to really succeed in the corporate environment. It's getting to be better and better all the time, though, so stay tuned.

We found the event really informative, although the crowd was not a typical corporate IT gathering. If you want to learn about what's new in Solr 1.4, and how a large media company uses open source search to their advantage, head for MTV. You'll also be able to brag about when you "were down at MTV..."

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