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Lucene + IBM + Yahoo! = Free Enterprise Search

Posted by direwolff on December 14, 2006

Certainly, this is the last thing I’d want to hear about if I worked with the Google Appliance group, Autonomy, Northern Light, Grokker, Convera, or any of a host of search companies who depends on this to generate their primary revenue. Heck, IBM is even bringing in some of their heavy artillery by including LanguageWare and Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) to bear on this free product. The nice thing however, is that a lot of people with good ideas for search-based applications will have a reduced barrier to entry in experimenting with this free application. With the bells and whistles that IBM is throwing into this package (even comes with its own crawler), it should enable developers to play with some nifty concepts. While I believe that LanguageWare is lacking primarily in the language model they’ve chosen to pursue, this doesn’t stop developers from familiarizing themselves with issues that used to cost people tens of thousands of dollars to learn about prior to this offering.

Also it’s pretty interesting that IBM chose to work with Yahoo! from the UI perspective. I may have to go for the download just so I can see what all of this means to the big picture of the enterprise search industry. Boy, IBM has really learned a lot about playing the open source game…very interesting indeed.

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2 Responses to “Lucene + IBM + Yahoo! = Free Enterprise Search”

  1. Nice….. Yeah. Lucene is a great search engine but you’d have to bundle it with a crawler to work out of the box.


  2. p-air said

    they claim it comes w/a crawler. the only issue for wide spread Web-enabled use is that they have limited the capacity to a 500K document index.

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