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Just a quick reminder that the deadline for early bird registration for Search Solutions 2012 ends on Wednesday, October 31st. Full details of the confirmed programme (including the fishbowl session) are appended below.

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Last week I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2012, to be held at BCS London on November 29. But this year we’re also offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the day before (November 28). This year’s programme consists of four half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-12:30 MapReduce Algorithms in Information Retrieval, (Dr. Dell Zhang, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • 09:30-12:30 Patent Searching and Landscaping (Dr. John Tait, johntait.net ltd.)
  • 14:00-17:30 Applications of Text Processing (Dr. Michael Oakes, University of Sunderland
  • 14:00-17:30 Designing Search Usability, (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)

I’ve appended further details of my tutorial below. Full details of pricing and registration will be available on the Search Solutions website shortly. Hope to see you there!

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I know the official publicity isn’t due to go out for a little while just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup for Search Solutions 2012. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is described as:

… a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in web & enterprise search. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited. The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

The major news this year is that we’ll be preceding the event with a tutorials day on November 28, which will offer conference attendees and local participants a stimulating and informative selection of practical training courses reflecting current topics and state-of-the-art methods in search and information retrieval. More on that later! Meanwhile, here is the provisional programme thus far:

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As many of you know, Search Solutions is a one-day event run by the BCS IRSG every autumn at BCS London, covering the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. What you probably didn’t know is that last year, for the first time, we introduced a tutorial programme. This was a great success, with both courses fully booked.

So this year we’re looking to expand the line-up. But rather than creating a programme based entirely on tutor-led proposals, we’d like to solicit some user feedback on suggestions for topics.

What kind of courses would you like to see? Is there a subject you’d like to present yourself? Realistically, we can probably accommodate up to four half day tutorials. To be a goer we’ll need to know the following:
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We’re just in the process of drafting the programme for Search Solutions 2012, to be held on November 28-29 at BCS London. As in previous years, we aim to offer a topical selection of presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval, whilst maintaining the collegiate spirit of a community event. If you’ve never been before, take a look at last year’s programme.

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[This must be my shortest blog post ever] Just a quick note to say the deadline for EuroHCIR has been extended by 1 week, to June 29. Keep those papers coming in!

 

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  1. EuroHCIR 2012 – deadline approaching!
  2. Designing Search (part 4): Displaying results
  3. Designing Search: Tutorial at the IRF Conference
  4. A Taxonomy of Site Search
  5. How do you measure site search quality?

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Just a quick reminder that next Friday (22nd) is the deadline for submissions to EuroHCIR 2012, which I am co-organising with Max Wilson, Birger Larsen and James Kalbach. This is only the second year we’ve run the event, so we’re hoping for a good set of submissions to keep up momentum we generated in 2011. As before, we’re accepting both research and practice-oriented papers, so if you have any queries (particularly about the latter) just drop me a line.

The event itself is on August 25 in Amsterdam, co-located with IIiX. I’ve appended a summary of the call for papers below, and further details can be found at the EuroHCIR 2012 website. Hope to see you there!

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Here are the slides from the talk I gave at Enterprise Search Europe last week on A Taxonomy of Site Search. This talk extends and validates the taxonomy of information search strategies (aka ‘search modes’) presented at last year’s event, and reviews some of their implications for design. But this year we looked specifically at site search rather than enterprise search, and explored the key differences in user needs and behaviours between the two domains.

As usual, some of the builds don’t come out quite right on Slideshare, but I can always make the ppt available if people want to see the original.

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Just a quick shout out that on July 1st I’ll be presenting a tutorial at the IRF Conference in Vienna. This is part of a day of tutorials that precedes the main conference. I’ve not been to the IRF conference before, so am looking forward to it. Also I like the look of the tutorial immediately preceding mine – I’m tempted to arrive early and gatecrash it :)

My tutorial will be slightly longer than usual this time, as I’ll be including a new exercise that I piloted at ECIR in April (which I’m pleased to say went down rather well). I’m keeping it a secret for now – if I told you how it works it would spoil the experience – but I’ve appended the abstract below (and the full description is available from the conference website).

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Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the Text Analytics Summit Europe at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. Some of you may of course recognise this hotel as the base for Justin Bieber’s recent visit to London, but sadly (or is that fortunately?) he didn’t join us. Next time, maybe…

Still, the event was highly enjoyable, and served as visible testament of increasing maturity in the industry. When I did my PhD in natural language processing some *cough* years ago there really wasn’t a lot happening outside of academia – the best you’d get in mentioning ‘NLP’ to someone was an assumption that you’d fallen victim to some new age psychobabble. So it’s great to see the discipline finally ‘going mainstream’ and enjoying attention from a healthy cross section of society. Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the whole event, but  here’s a few of the standouts for me:

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