Doug Cutting is a founder of the Lucene, Nutch, Hadoop and Avro open source projects at the Apache Software Foundation. He currently works for Cloudera.

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  1. Liam Darmody Says:

    Good morning Doug –

    My name is Liam Darmody and I am with Revolution Health Group, an exciting new start-up in Washington, DC founded by Steve Case. I am not contacting you to try and solicit business, but rather, I wanted to see if you might be able to offer some advice.

    We are currently in the final stages of putting together a portal that we will be releasing to the public. Upon completion, the portal will serve as an all-in-one place for healthcare information that is readily available and easily accessible to patients. We think what we’re doing is pretty cool, and we’re always trying to make it better. To try and visualize what we’re doing, think “aol + myspace + webMD = Revolution Health Group.” Given the success of those three, we think RHG is going to be a big hit!

    Part of our portal has a pretty intense search app, obviously, and we have been utilizing Lucene to maximize our success. From what our developers tell me, it’s great!!!

    Alas, I am looking for talented developers familiar with Lucene and I figured I would inquire to you about the community. Since we are developing our product in Ruby on Rails, I know that Open Source development communities are tightly knit, and I wanted to know if that applied to Lucene as well. Thought perhaps you could help me out!

    Hope all is well at Yahoo! and I do hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks so much!

    Liam Darmody
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Revolution Health Group

  2. udanax Says:

    i think….
    does nutch&hadoop need to be a rdf storage or.. utilization analysis storage like a google’s bigtable?

    what’s your plan?

  3. Paul Santinelli Says:


    Paul Santinelli here. I think you may have caught up with my partner Michael Skok. Let me know if you have some time to discuss Lucene. I’d like to get your opinion on all these search projects seeming to launch around Lucene.

    Let me know if you are around in SF over the next few weeks.


  4. Matt Says:

    Hi Doug,

    1. You are an amazing guy! :)

    2. I wish you can reply my message.

    3. I have started to work with Nutch few months ago, I also got a book for Lucne.
    I have integrated Nutch with Eclipse for developing some plugins and make some tweaks in it.

    4. I am working on building a set of customized search engines that utilize Nutch as its core.

    5. I have B.S.C in Computer Engineering and I love this field. :)

    6. I have some laser targeted questions about my tweaks, if you can help me in them I would really appreciate it.

    7. I will wait for your email :)

    Thank you in advance,

  5. Bambarbia Kirkudu Says:

    Good Luck!

  6. Aljaz Says:

    Hi Duog,

    seems like Nutch won’t index pages in UTF-16. If I change the page to
    UTF-8, it works correctly. Can you help please?


  7. James lyle Says:

    Am not sure i am allowed to post here! I hope so. I have a client in the San Francisco Bay Area who needs somone who know Lucene inside and out (at least very in-depth). This is a full-time/permanent position. Would appreciate the opportunity to speak with anyone who is interested or can help in the search! Thank you so much,

    James Lyle

  8. rik belew Says:

    Hi Doug,

    I am giving a talk in about a month where I’d like to review
    arguments for search/crawling “transparency.” i first heard
    some of these themes from you, before Nutch. i’ve
    run across your talk slides to IIIA-2006 but i was wondering
    if you have anything else to say these days?


  9. Ian Bicking Says:

    Your name isn’t in this About. I guess you are Doug. You should put your name into this blog somewhere.

  10. Victoria Livschitz Says:

    Hi Doug,

    I am not sure of a better way to get in touch with you. I am moderating a panel on the Future of Open Source Data Grids at the CFP 2008 Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference, May 15th, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, in Oakland, California. I’d like to ask if you’d be interested in participation, or suggest someone who can represent Hadoop in your stead. Other confirmed participants are Nikita Ivanov of GridGain, Neva Perry of OpenSpaces and Daniel Templeton of Sun’s Hedeby project.


    Victoria Livschitz
    Founder, Grid Dynamics

  11. sohail roshni Says:

    this is sohail.roshni from dubai.
    i have been to your site http://www.foofactory.fi/c/ and i was quite interested in the nutch search engine project.

    i am trying to develop a vertical search engine and i came across the nutch project.
    i am looking to hire a coder who can develop a search engine using this open source.

    please let me know if you can take up this work.


  12. Tim de Buhr Says:

    Hi Doug,

    i have a quastion, hope you can help me.

    plan to programm a personalized search client based on lucene.

    in the api i can’t find personalized elements. do you have an example to use lucene for personalized search.

    i’m right to use the field-elements to personalized a lucenedocument, or is there a better way like arrays of user, the can read the searchresults.

    please let me know how i can handle this problem.

    thanks for answer

    Tim de Buhr

  13. vishal gurbuxani Says:

    Hi Doug-

    I have a question regarding mobile analytics and something that your advice would be extremely beneficial.

    Would love an email from you and we can discuss details.

    looking forward to it


  14. Micah Walter Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I’m working on a MFA in Electronic Media. I’m interested in using Nutch to find data that will be ultimately used in an installation in a gallery. I was wondering if I could contact you regarding some questions I have…

    -micah walter

  15. Darren Haas Says:

    Love you work. I use Lucence and Hadoop in our large scale environment with major success. Looking to get a coffee with you when have time. I have stories. So stoked I found your blog.


  16. Johanes Says:

    Just letting you know you need to update your “About Page”. It still mention you works for Yahoo! while your post https://cutting.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/joining-cloudera/ saying you left Yahoo!

  17. ZhenZhang Says:

    I am a senior at East China University.My team will publishing a book named Hadoop in Practice, In September 6th.Could you say something about that.Thank you!

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  19. Roslyn Says:

    Im a computer executive student but i am going to shift to
    other programs in the event that computer engineering will not have a licensure/board exam.
    . i would like to be a registered pc engineer!.

  20. Megan Browne Says:

    Hi Doug, Any place or person you can direct me to discuss whether Hadoop will be able to manage multilingual content in the near future? And, if not, any other solution? Thanks, Megan

  21. andrewglover2 Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I found your blog via the Twitter account ‘@ethicaldata’. Your Twitter was the only account that it followed, so I was wondering if you owned it? I’m interested in using that Twitter handle for a research project if it’s idle and you have no use for it. It’d be great if you could get in touch.
    Andrew Glover

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