Search Solutions Jumpstart Series

From time to time we organize a free educational conference call series on search, taxonomy or content managment. Next month, we’ll be running our Search Series.

Register at http://www.earley.com/Searchjumpstart2008.asp

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Search as an Application

Challenges of Search

I just returned from a conference in Rome where I presented a session on search. The basic premise is this: Search is not a utility. Search is an application. Search needs to be thought through and integrated into the process that it is meant to support.This does not mean that there is no place for basic search – the plug and play utility model that tools like Google Search Appliance leverage. In that case, search provides a valuable function in helping people access large stores of unorganized content.As much Google bashing as I do, I am a frequent user of Google Desktop. Hypocritical? I don’t think so. GSA is appropriate for what I use it for – searching through email messages and my hard drive for certain types of information. Sometimes I find what I am looking for and sometimes I don’t. But this is because of the relative effort I place on organizing my content versus the time it takes to do so. It’s easier for me to search as I do and risk not finding something than it is for me to organize all of my email. On the other hand, I have a more structured method for the information that I place higher value on – proposals, SOW’s, client project documents and conference presentations.

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Two new free conference call series – Search and Content Management

I wanted to post a preliminary note about our new Jump Start calls planned for September and October.

Each series will consist of 4 – 90 minute calls each with 2 – 3 presenters who are experts and practitioners in their fields.

Here is the tentative schedule:

Content Management Jumpstart:

Each Monday 1:30 – 3:00 EST September 25th through October 16th – Topics will include:

  • The basics of content management
  • Building a content management business case
  • Content management frameworks & governance
  • Integrating content management with business processes
  • Tagging, metadata and taxonomies
  • Content publishing models & reuse
  • Personalization & targeted content
  • CMS selection & deployment
  • Web content management & syndicating content
  • Global content management

Search Solutions Jumpstart

Each Friday 1:30 – 3:00 EST, October 13th through November 3rd – Topics will include:

  • Business trends and search – the value of effective search and making the business case
  • Issues and challenges in deploying enterprise search solutions
  • The nuts & bolts – understanding and evaluating search tools
  • Issues in implementing search and building search applications
  • Tuning search systems
  • Evaluating search infrastructure
  • Integrating with taxonomies, tagging systems, etc
  • Complex federated search
  • Natural language queries and semantic search
  • Future developments in search

Register for any or all of the free sessions

Past attendees have considered our calls to be some of the best they have attended.