Michelle Manafy, Chair of the upcoming Enterprise Summit West Conference in San Jose in November, came up with the catchy “Wonder or Waste?” title for the conference’s panel discussion about federated search.
Michelle asked me to moderate the panel, an honor I was grateful to accept. Michelle and I worked together to identify and recruit panelists and to define the topic. Here’s what we came up with:
Federated Search: A Wonder or a Waste?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
10:45 am – 11:30 am
Moderator: Sol Lederman, Federated Search Blog
Dr Peter Noerr, CTO, MuseGlobal, Inc.
Carl Grant, President, Ex Libris North America
Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, Western Washington University
Opinions about the value of federated search vary widely. Some view it as the optimal way to discover unified content. Others believe it to be a slow and poor substitute for searching the underlying sources. Some see it as a necessary evil and learn to tolerate it within their organizations. Come listen to our three panelists discuss their experience with numerous federated search deployments. Learn about the benefits federated search can offer as well as its shortcomings and common pitfalls. Walk away knowing if federated search is right for your organization and how to get from a blank search screen to one that delivers the results your users need.
Regular readers of this blog should recognize all three panelists.
Peter Noerr, CTO of MuseGlobal, has been a great supporter of this blog through a number of insightful comments although I’ve not yet corralled him into being a guest writer. MuseGlobal does quite a bit of content integration work that they don’t label as federated search. Peter was also one of the judges in our first-ever predict-the-future-of-federated-search writing contest.
Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris North America, has written a number of very well received guest articles for this blog. I’ve given Carl his own category in the blog to make it easy for readers to find all his articles. Carl and I first “met” when I wrote an article in January of 2008 about his old company, CARE Affiliates, and he responded. Carl was also a judge for the writing contest.
Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries at Western Washington University, was the editor of the book “Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services,” which contains a number of essays related to all stages of the federated search exploration, procurement, installation and test process. The book’s publisher kindly gave me three copies of the book which I gave away in exchange for reviews of parts of the book.
Our panel is going to discuss the different views about federated search. We’ll consider why some people absolutely abhor federated search while other love it. There might even be a middle ground.
If you’re planning to be at Enterprise Search Summit West come to our panel as I’d love to meet you. If not, then look for my blog article after the fact.
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