These slides were used for a presentation by Daniel Tunkelang (Google) and Otis Gospondetic (Sematext) at the New York CTO Club on December 9th, 2009.
People come to your site to get the information they need, by exploring, discovering, and making comparisons. You want them to successfully sift through all of your content, quickly and effectively. The traditional approach of providing a search box and a ranked list of results can frustrate users, who need more guidance in order to find what they are looking for--or even know if the information is available.
Enter faceted search. Faceted search enables users to navigate a multi-dimensional information space by combining text search with a progressive narrowing of choices in each dimension. This technique has become ubiquitous in online retail, and is increasingly popular in other domains, both on the public internet and on intranets.
This talk will review the basic concepts of faceted search, and then dive into some of the subtler concerns. Specifically, we will elaborate on both the design and implementation concerns that determine whether a faceted search deployment will be successful.
Our own Daniel Tunkelang co-founded Endeca, a pioneer in faceted search, and worked there for 10 years before recently moving to Google. In addition to building the world's leading commercial technology for faceted search, he has played an active role in engaging the broader community of researchers and practitioners to advance understanding of this field. These efforts include organizing an annual workshop on human-computer information retrieval and publishing a textbook on faceted search.
Otis Gospodnetic is the co-founder of Sematext, a Lucene expert, co-author of Lucene in Action and upcoming Solr in Action, and a long-time Lucene and Solr developer with over 10 years of experience in search and related technologies. Sematext implements open-source search, linguistic, and text analytics technology in the enterprise. They focus on the development of scalable and high-performance search solutions.