Search as a Recommendor System

September 25, 2016

What's new in ES and Solr; Doug goes into more detail on using search engines as recommendor systems.

How to Practice Search Relevancy

August 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.

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”

Relevant Search Book Cover

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.

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.

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!)?

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! (

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!

Elastic{on} 2016, tales from the booth

February 23, 2016

Eric Pugh, Matt Overstreet and Doug Turnbull talk about Elastic{on} 2016. What did we love, what did we question, and what did Doug think about his swag?

Is this thing on?

December 29, 2015

Matt, Doug and Eric get together to try out new podcasting tools and talk about recommendation engines.