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A history of enterprise search 1980 – 1989

In the early 1980s there was a great deal of interest in the UK around the use of text retrieval software running on mini-computers. The STATUS User Group in particular was very active. Because none of the vendors were interested in the commercial success of their...

Two is company but three could be a crowd

If you want to learn about effective collaboration there is probably no better case study than The Double Helix by James Watson, the story behind the discovery by Watson and Francis Crick of the helical structure of DNA and the implications for heredity. The book may...

“Think Search First” – A novel approach by Aptillon

It is a grey day here in Horsham and we have had heavy rain for the last five hours. Motivation to do anything is low and my only refuge is Twitter.  But then a bright shaft of light emerges from a blog post from Matthew McDermott at Aptillon SharePoint Consulting...

Good books for search managers

This is the latest version of my occasional attempts to define a core library for search managers. This time I have structured the list from strategy to operations and added a brief scope note on them. A reasonably complete list of books on information retrieval and...

A history of enterprise search 1970-1979

Although the theme of this series of posts is enterprise search only now in the 1970s do products emerge which are clearly the antecedents of what we would regard as enterprise search applications. From here on in the focus on academic research will be significantly...

A history of enterprise search 1960-1969

Condensing the progress made in the 1960s into a single post is not easy and so this is a very selective perspective.  As far as algorithm developments were concerned Bourne and Ford published a paper on stemming in 1961, Damerau reported on approaches to solve...