Stretching the Boundaries of Search: Basis Partners with Elasticsearch

Over the years Basis Technology has developed partnerships with a wide variety of companies.  These collaborations have brought the advanced multilingual search and text analytics capabilities of Rosette, our enterprise linguistics platform, to e-discovery, government intelligence, financial compliance, and social media monitoring. Recently, we’ve had an incredible push for open source search, and this summer we are pleased to announce a new partnership with the powerful open source search engine, Elasticsearch.


Founded in 2012 as the commercial offshoot of the open source project, provides commercial services in order to bring better, faster, and stronger search and data exploration capabilities to the world. Built on the Apache Lucene information retrieval library, Elasticsearch has remained true to its open source roots. The company’s advanced search and analytics engine is free to download on their website and they offer several paid production/development support and training packages to complement and enhance the open source product. With its flexible, distributed, and highly scalable search and analytics platform and attentive, personalized customer service, Elasticsearch has quickly become one of the leading search engines in the world. Their customers include GitHub, Foursquare, Klout, SoundCloud, and StumbleUpon among many others.

The folks at Elasticsearch like to say that they’re obsessed with data, and by joining forces with Basis Technology, Elasticsearch users can now explore and critically analyze data in over forty languages. Basis’s Rosette Base Linguistics (RBL) platform is an advanced multilingual analytics toolset equipped to handle the complex linguistic challenges of European, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages. RBL provides highly sophisticated morphological analytic functionality, including tokenization, lemmatization, decompounding, and part-of-speech (POS) tagging. The new Rosette Elasticsearch Plugin allows users to quickly and easily knit together RBL’s multilingual analysis capabilities with the powerful Elasticsearch search engine. Additionally, the Elasticsearch connector has been released as open source to GitHub. While users will still need to have a Rosette license to harness the combined power of Basis and Elasticsearch, the open source nature of the code will allow the greater community to explore and adapt the technology to support new and currently unrealized potential.

For Basis, this partnership is particularly timely, given our upcoming Open Source Search (OSS) Conference on November 6th, part of our annual Basis Tech Week conference series. The OSS conference will feature a talk by Elasticsearch engineer Martijn van Groningen entitled “Optimizing Document Relations with Elasticsearch”. Basis Tech Week 2013 will take place from Nov 4-7 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA, and is free for government employees. In addition to open source search, the event also features day-long conferences on open source digital forensics technology and human language technology. To learn more, and to register, visit