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From George Everitt <>
Subject Re: [slightly ot] Looking for Lucene/Solr consultant in Germany
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2007 23:20:32 GMT
Dear Jan,

I just saw your post on the SOLR mailing list.  I hope I'm not too late.

First of, I don't exactly match your required qualifications.  I do  
have 9 years at Verity and 1 year at Autonomy in enterprise search,  
however.   I'm in the middle of coming up to speed on SOLR and  
applying my considerable expertise in general Enterprise Search to  
the SOLR/Lucene platform.   So, your specific requirements for a  
Lucene/SOLR expert are not quite met.  But, I've been in the business  
of enterprise search for 10 years.   Think if it as asking an Oracle  
expert to look at your MySQL implementation.

My normal rate is USD 200/hour, and I do command that rate more often  
than not.  I'd be interested in taking on the challenge in my spare  
time, free of charge, just to get my bearings and to see how my  
consulting skills translate from the closed-source Verity/IDOL world  
to the open source world.  I think this could be beneficial to both  
of us:   I would get some expertise in specific SOLR idiosyncrasies,  
and you would get the benefit of 10 years of general enterprise  
search experience.

I've been studying SOLR and Lucene, and even developing my own  
project using them as a basis.  That being said, I expect to make  
some mistakes as I try to match my existing skill set with what's  
available in SOLR.  Fortunately, I found that with the transition  
from Verity K2 to Autonomy IDOL the underlying concepts of full-text  
search are pretty much universal.

Another fly in the ointment is that I live in the USA (St. Pete  
Beach, Florida to be exact), so there would be some time zone  
issues.  Also, I don't speak German, which will be a handicap when it  
comes to analyzing stemming options.   If you can live with those  
limitations, I'd be happy to help.

Let me know if you're interested.

George Everitt
Applied Relevance LLC
Tel: +1 (727) 641-4660
Fax: +1 (727) 233-0672

On Aug 8, 2007, at 12:43 PM, Jan Miczaika wrote:

> Hello,
> we are looking for a Lucene/Solr consultant in Germany. We have set  
> up a Lucene/Solr server (currently live at  
> It returns search results, but the results are not really very  
> good. We have been tweaking the parameters a bit, following  
> suggestions from the mailing list, but are unsure of the effects  
> this has.
> We are looking for someone to do the following:
> - analyse the search patterns on our website
> - define a methodology for defining the quality of search
> - analyse the data we have available
> - specify which data is required in the index
> - modify the search patterns used to query the data
> - test and evaluate the results
> The requirements: deep knowledge of Lucene/Solr, examples of  
> implemented working search engines, theoretical knowledge
> Is anyone interested? Please feel free to circulate this offer.
> Thanks in advance
> Jan
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