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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces 10th Anniversary of Apache Lucene
Date Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:00:33 GMT
[this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/YdK]

Powers smart search and indexing solutions for AOL, Apple, Comcast, Disney, IBM, LinkedIn,
Twitter, Wikipedia, and more.


Forest Hill, MD – 27 September 2011 – pThe Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today
announced the 10th anniversary of Apache Lucene.

The Lucene information retrieval software was first developed in 1997, entered the ASF as
a sub-project of the Apache Jakarta project in 2001, and became a standalone, Top-Level Project
(TLP) in 2005. Apache Top-Level Projects and their communities demonstrate that they are well-governed
under the Foundation’s meritocratic, consensus-driven process and principles.

"Ten years ago, Apache provided Lucene a home where it could build a solid community. Today
we can see the fruit of that community, both through the wide breadth of Lucene-based applications
deployed, and through the depth of improvements to Lucene made in the past decade," said Doug
Cutting, ASF Chairman and original Lucene creator.
Apache Lucene powers smart search and indexing for eCommerce, financial services, business
intelligence, travel, social networking, libraries, publishing, government, and defense solutions. 

"Lucene has changed the world by opening doors that didn't exist before it arrived on the
Open Source scene," said ASF Member and Apache Lucene Committer Erik Hatcher. "Lucene has
massively disrupted the enterprise/proprietary search market, with wide adoption around the
globe in every industry."

Highly performant, Apache Lucene is in use across an array of applications, from mobile to
Internet scale, and powers enterprise-grade search solutions for AOL, Apple, IBM (including
its artificial intelligence-driven supercomputer Watson), LinkedIn, Netflix, Wikipedia, Zappos,
and many other global organizations.

"When it arrived to ASF, Lucene immediately made a huge impact --Lucene was one of those technologies
that made a whole generation of businesses possible-- it was fast, easy to use, free, and
had a growing community of users and developers. Apache Lucene can be found in an amazing
number of products and services we all know and use, as well as in products and services we
have never heard of," said ASF Member and Apache Lucene Committer Otis Gospodnetic. 

"While it's been six years since I joined the Lucene community, the last two were certainly
the most exciting," said Simon Willnauer, Vice President of Apache Lucene. 
Current Apache Lucene sub-projects are PyLucene and Open Relevance; other sub-projects, including
Droids, Lucene.Net, and Lucy, have spun out of the project and are undergoing further development
in the Apache Incubator with the intention of becoming standalone TLPs. Solr, the high-speed
Open Source enterprise search platform, has merged into the Lucene project itself, whilst
former Lucene sub-projects Hadoop, Mahout, Nutch, and Tika have all successfully graduated
as autonomous Apache Hadoop, Apache Mahout, Apache Nutch, and Apache Tika TLPs.

Originally written in Java, Apache Lucene is available in many programming languages such
as Perl, C#, C++, PHP, Python, and Ruby. "Now, 10 years later, Apache Lucene is backed by
a large community of users, contributors and developers with incredible energy poured into
Lucene every hour of every day of the year," said Gospodnetic, who is also co-author of Lucene
in Action, and founder of Sematext International.
 
"Even after 10 years, it seems this blazing community and codebase hasn't reached its potential
yet," added Willnauer. "I'm proud to be part of this community and look forward to another
decade of Open Source Search."

Hatcher, who is also co-author of Lucene in Action and co-founder of Lucid Imagination, added,
"if you need search (and you do!), Lucene is the best core technology choice."

Hatcher, Willnauer, and other members of the Apache Lucene community will be presenting sessions
on data handling and analytics –-a.k.a. "Lucene and Friends"-- including what's upcoming
in Apache Lucene 4.0 (with performance improvements up to 20,000% from previous versions and
more) at ApacheCon, 7-11 November 2011, in Vancouver, Canada.  To register, visit http://apachecon.com/

Availability and Oversight
Apache Lucene software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected
team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the
Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache
Lucene source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://lucene.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading
Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server
software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350
individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions
are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings,
and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, HP, Hortonworks,
IBM, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information,
visit
 http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache" and "Apache Lucene" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands
and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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