Towards an open source tool stack for e-commerce search at ApacheCon @Home

Eric Pugh and e-commerce search expert René Kriegler will be introducing Chorus, an open source tool stack for e-commerce search.

Search teams in the e-commerce space want to own their search: they want to understand how exactly the retrieval works and optimise it according to their specific needs, both from the user and from the seller perspective. Implementing search using open source search engines, such as Solr and Elasticsearch, seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately, the open source solutions available today aren’t anywhere near reaching parity with a commercial solution out of the box, especially when it comes to optimizing search relevance and managing individual queries as a merchandiser. This leads to a very difficult buy vs build decision, especially for smaller teams that don’t have deep search expertise already and are faced with developing significant functionality for digital commerce from scratch.

In this session we will introduce Chorus: an initiative to combine open source tools and libraries like Querqy (powerful query rewriting library), SMUI (a search management UI to boost and bury products and categories), and the Quepid, RRE, and Quaerite (search relevance assessment and tuning projects) into a single template to accelerate the development of your own e-commerce search, allowing you to shift from setting up basic search functionality to domain specific optimizations much faster.

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