Open Source Search Profiles Available

April 25, 2012, the new information service from ArnoldIT, has rolled out a new profile service. The first profile describes the Basho Riak Search system. Although proprietary, the Basho team has made the Riak search system open source. You can request a copy of the Basho Riak profile, which is available without charge, from the Open Source Search Profiles link.

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Stephen E Arnold, publisher of OpenSearchNews said:

Consulting firms specializing in open source search have been slow on the trigger when it comes to vendors who offer an alternative to proprietary, “closed” search systems. My team has completed analyses of a dozen open source search vendors and will post a fresh profile every seven to 10 days. The profiles follow the same type of format which we used in such monographs as The Google Legacy, Beyond Search (published by the “old” Gilbane Group), Enterprise Search Report, Successful Enterprise Search Management, and The New Landscape of Enterprise Search. Instead of paying hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, ArnoldIT is making the information available without charge to facilitate greater understanding and discussion of open source search options.

Profiles contain:

  • Background of the company
  • Principal features and functions of the systems
  • The upside and downside of the system
  • An ArnoldIT “net net” which puts the system in context.

The content of the profiles is intended for individuals, students, and teachers. Libraries are free to use the content without seeking permission. Any other use requires written permission from Stephen E Arnold.

A complete collection of the 12 profiles, an introduction to the open source search, and a summary of where open source search is gaining traction, contact us by writing seaky2000 at yahoo dot com. The information is available in the form of an online or on site briefing. There is a charge for the complete set of information and/or the briefing.

For up-to-date information about open source search solutions built on Lucene, Solr, and Xapian, among others, check out You can, of course, wait for one of the azure chip consultants, unemployed Webmasters, or newly minted search experts to recycle ArnoldIT content. However, the profiles are current and will be available without charge. Enjoy.

Donald C Anderson, April 24, 2012

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