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I’m delighted to report that our paper ‘Think outside the search box: A comparative study of visual and form-based query builders‘ has just been published in the Journal of Information Science. It’s been a long time in the making, primarily as the work involved an extensive set of empirical user studies and associated data analysis, for which much of the credit goes to my colleague and co-author Tanja Svarre. I am particularly pleased that this paper has made it into the public domain as it not only provides substance to the anecdotal evidence we’ve gathered around the value of visual approaches to advanced/systematic search, but also sets the scene for a follow-up paper focusing on a different demographic (with some quite unexpected differences between the two).

Feedback so far has been very informative, so keep it coming in. Abstract follows below:

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An early Xmas present maybe…? I am currently hiring for the following position. The official job ad has yet to go live, hence the TBDs below, but I am happy to share further details with interested parties. If you know of anyone suitable, please do encourage them to get in touch ASAP:

Goldsmiths, University of London has a vacancy for the following part-time (0.4) position:  

Research Associate in the field of natural language processing 

This role is part of a strategic research project that aims to apply techniques from corpus linguistics and natural language processing (NLP) to capture and analyze the “public conversation” around the ongoing energy crisis. The energy crisis has become a nexus for important social debates around pivotal issues like climate change, as well as the distribution of economic burdens, equality, risk and sustainability. A study of public debates around the energy crisis can help us understand the complex intersection of discourses around fossil fuels, climate change, sustainability and social justice.   

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On Wednesday last week I had the honour of co-chairing the 17th Search Solutions conference, at BCS London. As in previous years, 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 tradition, we were delighted to be able to announce the winners of this year’s BCS Search Industry Awards. In a special session held at the close of Search Solution 2022, it was my honour to announce the winners for the following categories:

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Final call – nominations close at the end of the month!

We are delighted to announce this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2022. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and organizations around the world that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.

If you know of any people, projects, or products that deserve recognition, let us know by submitting a nomination. Alternatively, if you’re involved with something special yourself, you can submit an application today.

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Last week we had our UX Conference at Goldsmiths, which is the annual forum where our outgoing MSc cohort get to present the results of their final projects. It was wonderful to see so many excellent presentations but sad to have to say goodbye to such a talented group of people (although for the handful who will be staying with us as TAs it may be more a case or ‘au revoir’).

Sorry I didn’t take more photos, and that the cohort was too large for a selfie… I’m sure you will go on to achieve great things. Do keep in touch!

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In case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which just came out this week. This is again one of our bigger issues, with over a dozen articles including conference reviews, feature articles, news and updates from the world of search and information retrieval. Of particular note is the call for a new editor – this is a great opportunity so if you’re interested or would like to know more, drop us a line. For further details see the Informer website. If you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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I am currently hiring for the following position. If you know of anyone suitable, please encourage them to apply!

Research Associate in the field of information retrieval / user experience (0.5 FTE)

This role is part of a Google-funded research project that aims to use AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data visualization to facilitate more efficient and effective approaches to information retrieval through the development of alternative approaches to search strategy formulation. This has the potential to minimize error and inefficiency in scientific research and facilitate more efficient and effective research workflows for the broader scientific community.

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We are delighted to announce this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2022. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and organizations around the world that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.

If you know of any people, projects, or products that deserve recognition, let us know by submitting a nomination. Alternatively, if you’re involved with something special yourself, you can submit an application today.

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In case you hadn’t heard, Search Solutions is back in London this year as a face to face event (although see below for possible remote participation). So I’m delighted to share with you the call for presentations below. If you’re thinking of presenting and would like feedback on a potential presentation idea feel free to reach out to any of us on the committee. Hope to see you there!

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In case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which just came out this week. This is again one of our bigger issues, with over a dozen articles including conference reviews, feature articles, news and updates from the world of search and information retrieval. This one features extended coverage of ECIR 2022 and CHIIR 2022 and news of new features, specialist groups and training courses. For further details see the Informer website. If you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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