How to Practice Search Relevancy

Matt OverstreetAugust 14, 2016

How to build a search practice with Doug Turnbull, Matt Overstreet and Scott Stultz. Doug released a companion to relevant search about how to actually practice good search. We discuss it.

Content expert's guide to diagnosing site search relevance problems

Doug TurnbullAugust 8, 2016

In this series of articles, I want to give you, the content person, a very practical and straight-forward guide to managing site search. We'll start by discussing diagnosis -- how to find problems. We'll use a simple, free analytics tool (google analytics). We'll make a few naive assumptions about these analytics that act as a good starting point.


Relevant Search Book With Doug Turnbull and John Berryman

Matt OverstreetJuly 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

ClinicalTrials.gov 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

Matt OverstreetMay 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.



Doug TurnbullApril 29, 2016

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

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?

Matt OverstreetApril 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

Matt OverstreetApril 19, 2016

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

Matt OverstreetMarch 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

Matt OverstreetMarch 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! (https://github.com/o19s/grand_central)


Great Wide Open

Daniel BeachMarch 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.