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Xapian talk slides

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Last night, I gave a brief 13 minute talk to the “Cambridge Geek Night” – a group of around 30 very switched on and interesting technology people, meeting above a pub in Cambridge. The atmosphere was wonderful, and I had a great time. There were also talks from Taylor Vinters solicitors about intellectual property, and Michael Brunton-Spall about many of the Guardian’s electronics services and experiments.

I’ve put the slides up on slideshare here – I’ll try and find some time to record an audio track to go with them soon.


Written by richardboulton

July 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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  1. I’m produced a prototype text-retrieval database program – only so far without the underlying ‘engine’ for storing, indexing and word-searching. It strikes me that Xapian may well offer the type of facility that is needed to complete this project – comments and input would be welcome as I’ve probably bitten off more than I can chew.

    The prototype program, presently called ‘Knowledge’ is here:

    The second of the comments on this page explains what I am trying to achieve. ‘Knowledge’ was developed on kubuntu, but will also run on Windows if Python 2.6, Qt4.5 and PyQt4 are installed.


    Andrew G

    September 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  2. Xapian might well be what you’re looking for – I strongly recommend asking for help and feedback on the Xapian mailing discussion list (, or in the #xapian IRC channel on, rather than here, since you’ll get through to many more useful people that way.


    September 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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