With another Lucene Eurocon successfully behind us (thanks Barcelona, you’ve been awesome!), it’s time to say hello to Vancouver for ApacheCon.  I’ll leave it to others to fill in the blanks on the Barcelona conference other than to say that I am continually amazed by the vibrancy of the Lucene/Solr community and especially grateful to all the committers and contributors who take the time to show up and give talks about how they leverage the world’s premier open source search engine.

For me personally, I’m on to Vancouver and ApacheCon for two primary things, besides of course the community bits that go with every ApacheCon:

  1. Providing the ApacheCon’s first ever Apache Mahout training on Monday, November 7th.  It’s still not too late to sign up!
  2. Giving a talk on alternative uses of Lucene/Solr other than traditional free text search (things like recommendation engines, classification, etc.)

For the 2nd item, I’m also interested in hearing from you, the user, about interesting things you’ve done with Lucene/Solr that fall outside the norm of free text search.  If you care to share, please leave a comment on this post.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also plug several other Lucid Imagination employees who are speaking at ApacheCon as well:

  1. Solr Flair by Erik Hatcher.  Erik will also be doing a 2 day Solr training class.  Registration is still open for this class as well.
  2. Apache Solr: Out of the Box by Chris Hostetter

Lucid Imagination is also sponsoring the Lucene/Solr meetup on Wed. November 9th, so if you are in town, please feel free to drop by for a drink and a chat.

With that, I’ll simply say, I hope to see you in Vancouver in a few weeks!