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Presented by Erik Hatcher, Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Co-founder, LucidWorks
Using Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies, information and knowledge have become vastly more searchable, findable, and accessible. Because scholars and researchers are some of the most demanding users of search systems, the problems encountered by the implementers are complex. For example, many of the applications built on these technologies also thrive on intentionally designed-in serendipitous discovery capabilities, bringing to light previously unknown, yet related and potentially interesting, content.
Libraries and other public knowledge-sharing environments, such as Wikipedia, generally embrace "open source" and community improving contributions as core principles, making a lovely synergy with the power, features, and community-driven ecosystem provided by Lucene and Solr.