Open Source Information Retrieval – London, 21/11/06

There are a significant number of open source search engines available from sites such as sourceforge and freshmeat. In this seminar we give a survey of these systems, and outline the motivation for using the open source software development model to create IR systems. We then give a detailed case study of Xapian, of how to create a web site search mechansim.

This will be a combined event hosted by the BCS Open Source SG (OSSG) and the Information Retrieval SG on Tuesday 21st November 2006 starting around 1800 hours. Venue – BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

Free buffet and refreshments including wine.

Please email your name to the event coordinator to book a place at this event.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins via email at


The OSS Information Retrieval Overview slides and the XAPIAN slides from this event are now available.