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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...

A history of enterprise search 1948-1959

I have set the start date for this history somewhat arbitrarily as 1948, the year of the Royal Society Scientific Information Conference. This conference identified the challenges that lay ahead in managing the flow of scientific information, challenges that we have...

A history of enterprise search – starting out

Later this year I will be publishing a report that sets out a chronological history of enterprise search. The evolution is quite complicated and so I'm planning to publish a series of blog posts that set out a few of the milestone events and developments as a way of...

Intranet Now – a diamond-sort of conference

I've lost track of how many intranet conferences I have been to, though the first was in San Francisco in 1999 and led directly to the launch of Intranet Focus. Some have been outstanding (the first StepTwo event in 2012 as a perfect example), some have been totally...