Little Mermaids, Haystacks and moving on

As I announced recently Flax is joining OpenSource Connections, and I recently spent a very pleasant week in Virginia with my new colleagues discussing our plans for the year to come. Without giving too much away I can say that this is a very exciting time to be joining OSC: one thing I will be doing soon is starting to write more about OSC’s proven process for supporting our clients as they move up the search relevance curve.

However before then I’ll be at speaking at a few events. At the end of this month I’ll be in Copenhagen to speak on Keeping Search Relevant in a Digital Workplace at the Intrateam conference. This is a fantastic conference on intranets and I’m looking forward to speaking for the second time and joining a very august gathering of speakers. I’m also glad to be returning to both City University and the University of Essex during February and March to talk to students about working in search and information retrieval

In April I’ll be returning to the US for OSC’s Haystack search relevance conference, which was my favourite event of last year – I liked it so much I brought it to London that October. This year we have a fantastic lineup of talks from speakers representing organisations including LexisNexis, Wikimedia Foundation, Eventbrite and Yelp, a new and more capacious venue in downtown Charlottesville, three training options before the main conference (Think Like A Relevance Engineer for Elasticsearch and Solr, and Learning to Rank) and of course the chance to meet, chat with and get to know some of the best search people in the business. Earlybird tickets are available until the end of February and are already selling well, so make your plans to join us soon!

It’s already shaping up to be a busy year – so do keep an eye on this blog and my new home at for further news, and if you’d like to know how OSC can help you empower your search team get in touch.

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