On Wednesday last week I had the honour of co-chairing the 12th Search Solutions conference at BCS London in Covent Garden. As always, the event included presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval. And in keeping with last year’s event, we were delighted to be able to announce the winners of this year’s BCS Search Industry Awards. In a ceremony held at the close of Search Solution 2017, it was my honour to announce the winners for the following three categories:

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As you may recall last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2017, to be held at BCS London on November 29. I’m pleased to announce that this year we’ll also be offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the preceding day (Tuesday 28th). The programme consists of three half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-13:00 Designing Search (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
  • 14:00-17:30 Text Analysis with GATE (Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield)
  • 14:00-17:30 Searching the Linked Open Data Cloud (Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster )

My tutorial is fully booked now, but I’ve appended further details below in case you’re interested in attending a future presentation. Last year I attended Diana’s tutorial on GATE and can highly recommend it as an excellent introduction to the platform and NLP in general. This year I am looking forward to Epaminondas’s tutorial on linked open data – very timely and topical!

Full details of pricing and registration are available on the Search Solutions website. Note that the closing date for bookings is Sunday 26th November. Hope to see you there 🙂

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I am looking for a front end / web developer for a 6-month contract (with possible extension) to work on an Innovate-UK funded project investigating graphical approaches to search strategy formulation. The aim of the project is to develop tools and techniques for search query formulation which can be integrated within a visual framework to deliver a more efficient and intuitive approach to professional search applications.


  • Proven working experience in web programming
  • Familiarity with popular JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ideally experience of migrating existing desktop software applications to the web
  • Prepared to sign an NDA governed by English law.


  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices
  • Create user interfaces by using standard Javascript/HTML/CSS practices
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Maintain awareness of emerging technologies & trends and put them into operation

Salary DOE. Part time working possible. Remote working by negotiation, but candidates will need to attend weekly meetings in London. Further details on request. Principals only please – no subcontractors. Can you recommend anyone?

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IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out earlier today. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a mix of conference reviews, news, events and lots of dates for your diary.  For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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Here’s a quick preview of the final programme for Search Solutions 2017. Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration is October 31st. Hope to see you there!

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irsgJust a quick reminder that nominations for the 2017 BCS Search Industry Awards close on November 1st. So if you’re thinking of applying, or nominating someone, now is the time to submit your application. Further details below. Hope to see you at the awards ceremony!

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Regular readers of this blog will know that over the past couple of years I’ve been researching professional search strategies in the workplace as part of an InnovateUK-funded research project. A key outcome of that is the following journal article, which I am pleased to say, has just been published in JMIR Medical Informatics. It is a collaboration with Jon Chamberlain of Essex University and investigates the search behavior of healthcare information professionals.

I hope Jon won’t mind too much if I describe the work as slightly more academic than my usual blog posts, but it does provide a useful counterpoint to studies of other professions, and complements some of the more conceptual or design-oriented posts on this site. I’ve appended the abstract below. For the full text, see the JMIR website.

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