Solr for newbies

This is an introductory workshop to Solr, the fast and open source search platform that powers a lot of library products. This workshop is geared to anyone that has never used Solr, or uses it, but has not looked under the hood to see how it can be configured or explored some of the features that Solr offers out of the box.

We'll start the workshop with a quick review on how Solr stores data and the process that it goes when a search is submitted.

We'll then go through a tour of the main features in Solr:

  • Indexing: where all of it starts
  • Solr's document-based data model and that means to you
  • How to configure fields for different needs (ever wonder what the "_t" means in a Solr field and how is different from a "_s" field?)
  • What are Search Request Handlers
  • What do the different parses do (ever been puzzled by dismax vs edismax?)
  • What's the difference between the "q" and "fq" parameters when you search
  • How to use facets, synonyms, and hit highlighting
  • How to tweak the ranking of results
  • What are local parameters
  • How to configure search term suggestions
  • How to configure replication (it's easy) and how you can use it

While practical, this workshop does not require you to be a coder. The idea is for you to learn the concepts, features, and how they work. If you choose, we'll show you how to install Solr on your machine to experiment with the concepts as we go. But if you prefer not to install Solr (or updating configuration files is not your thing) you can still follow along and learn with us.



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