Relevant Search Book With Doug Turnbull and John Berryman

July 1, 2016

A conversation with Doug Turnbull and John Berryman, authors of Relevant Search from Manning Publications about: The future for search What it’s like to write a techinical book, an how they got started doing it What is different about their book compared to what has been written before, including some book recomendations Search problems they wish they could solve If you’ve listened to this podcast before you are know Doug, the search relevancy lead at OpenSource Connections. John Berryman is an OpenSource Collections Alumni who works on the search and discovery team at EventBrite Relavant Search is available now from Manning Publications “Relevant Search demystifies relevance work. Using Elasticsearch, it teaches you how to return engaging search results to your users, helping you understand and leverage the internals of Lucene-based search engines”

Deploying AACT Oracle Dump File into the Cloud with Docker

Eric PughJune 30, 2016 is a wealth of information. But the only database format they support is an Oracle dmp file. Follow along as I help our data science intern answer hard questions about ethnic diversity in clinical trials by deploying Oracle using Docker Cloud.

Top 7 Mistakes Organizations Make With Search

Doug TurnbullJune 29, 2016

After much sweat and tears our book Relevant Search is out! Relevant Search reflects the wisdom we've acquired over the years helping many clients improve search. I thought it would be an appropriate time to recap where many organizations get stuck with search

Algolia Search

May 31, 2016

Julien Lemoine from Alogia search joins us to talk about how they have implemented text search from scratch. In our chat we get some history of Algolia and some great details on how that history powers some amazing search performance.

Elastic Fantastics, New York

May 3rd

Doug Turnbull continues his "Relevant Search" book tour by speaking at the New York City Elastic Fantastics!


April 29th

Doug will speak at the the annual Washington, DC area developers conference about search relevance!

Elastic Fantastics, Dallas

April 28th

Doug Turnbull continues his "Relevant Search" book tour by speaking at the Dallas Elastic Fantastics!

Run Installed Elasticsearch from Your Shell

Doug TurnbullApril 21, 2016

Got Elasticsearch installed on an Ubuntu/Debian box? Want to run it directly from the command line? It's handy to recreate how Elasticsearch actually runs on your box. You might want to debug something. Or perhaps you'd just like to see the log statements scroll by this console window.

Solr 6, What's New?

April 19, 2016

Solr 6 is now available! What’s included, and what can you do with it? Yonik Seeley and Erik Hatcher join us to talk about what’s new.

Solr 6 Online Chat

April 19th

Solr 6 is now available! What's included, and what can you do with it? Join us while we record the next SearchDisco podcast on that topic.

Hey Kibana, is anyone listening to my Podcast?

Matt OverstreetMarch 30, 2016

“Dashboard all the things!” was my motto leaving Elastic{on} this year. It’s no surprise that when I wondered if anyone was actually listening to the Search Disco podcast my first thought was “How do I get this into a dashboard?” This is how.

Facets, Stats and Search UI's

March 29, 2016

This week on Search Disco we chat about: Facets, aggregations, query facets, pivot facets what’s the difference? What’s going on in the world of javascript search UI’s? SpyGlass 2.0 and have you seen SearchKit(it’s great!)?

Semantic Search with Latent Semantic Analysis

Doug TurnbullMarch 29, 2016

A few years ago John Berryman and I experimented with integrating Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) with Solr to build a semantically aware search engine. Recently I've polished that work off, integrated it with Elasticsearch, and sunk my teeth in a few levels deeper. I wanted to get a sense for whether this technique could be made really useful for building semantically aware search applications -- and how exactly to do that. It turns out getting LSA to work requires a fair amount of data cleaning and tuning

Announcing Grand Central, and Chatting About Search in Specific Scopes

March 17, 2016

Doug Turnbull, Matt Overstreet and Chris Bradford from OSC are joined by Charlie Hull from Flax. Doug tells us about how he was “Lost in Amazon” and how Northface saved him by knowing just what he wanted in a backpack. This is also the first public announcement for Grand Central. It’s a little bit of magic from the Quepid team that creates on demand testing environments for features(not apps) with their own URL’s. Shared QA without fights! (

Great Wide Open

March 16-17, 2016

This talk digs into best practices for implementing search interfaces, what makes a great search experience, and how to avoid many common pitfalls of search design.

Elastic DC Users Group

March 14th

Doug Turnbull kicks off his "Relevant Search" book tour by keynoting the DC Elastic users group!

Getting Lost in The Amazon: How North Face Site Search secured my sale

Doug TurnbullMarch 14, 2016

Bad site search can halt an e-commerce sale in its tracks. To show that, I wanted to share what happened with a recent purchase of mine. In this tale of online purchasing, Goliath (amazon) frustrated me while another brand's online store (North Face) differentiated itself through site search to close my sale.

Code4Lib 2016

March 7th

Doug Turnbull and Eric Pugh teaching "Semantic Search for the Coder Librarian"

Content 'Hotness' and using Quepid to migrate from GSA

March 3, 2016

Doug Turnbull and Matt Overstreet take a tour of the OSC blog from the last week. Including how Quepid can help if you are migrating from GSA to ElasticSearch or Solr, how to decorate search with search and using Elo scoring to quantify content ‘hotness’. Special suprise guest, Scott Stults joins us out of the blue to add his thoughts!

Searching the Unexpected

Daniel BeachMarch 2, 2016

Search is great. It is unparalleled at jumping directly to content that you know exists. But it doesn’t allow for the same free-style exploration as the early web web did.