When someone mentions social networks, Facebook has to pop in your mind. Jonathan LeBlanc’s book, “Programming Social Applications”, would lead one to assume (yes, I know the dangers lurking there) that this would include Facebook. One would be wrong.
Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently unveiled www.MetroChicagoData.org, the nation’s first data convergence cloud that brings public data from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois into a single Open Data portal. With easy access by residents and businesses in the Metro Chicago area, this enhances the previous Internet offering.
A new search engine plans to do battle with the giants, i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. YaCy plans to put the search into the hands of users by giving out its indexing engine around the Internet for free.
Apache developers started back in 2003 to develop an open source web search engine. After much work turning their vision into reality and many features such as capabilities for crawling the web and adding a web database for computing, storing and analyzing all web pages discovered, the project – named nutch – went in the Apache Incubator.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Apache Lucene. First developed in 1997, the Lucene information retrieval software entered the ASF as a sub-project of the Apache Jakarta project in 2001, and soon became a standalone, Top-Level Project (TLP) in 2005.
Open source content management provider Alfresco has released their platform, Alfresco Community 4, at JavaOne.
No one will argue that search is a very important part of any enterprise content management system. Findability is key. What is the point of having quality content if no one can find it?
The PostgreSQL 9.1 open source database offers users new features including some that are not duplicated with any other vendor.
Editing by committee is a prolonged, mostly painful, process that quite often sends me running away seeking refuge among my own office and my own delete key. Crowdsourcing can be very similar. One approach that can help is to have a taxonomy built with categories and terms that apply to the entire industry.
Embracing open source, the Cabinet Office of the Government of the United Kingdom has chosen a proprietary software system to implement its goal and fulfill the government’s election promise to eliminate bias against open source software.