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IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out on Sunday. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a variety of  book reviews this time. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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A little while ago I posted a piece examining some of the shortcomings in the way that search strategies are currently expressed; arguing that the approach essentially hasn’t changed in decades. Moreover, it is predicated on a rather primitive notation that owes much to first generation basic, relying on arbitrary concepts such as line numbers to convey structure and organisation.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A little while ago I published a post describing an InnovateUK-funded project investigating the use of complex search strategies in the workplace, and how we were undertaking some qualitative research interviewing professionals from various sectors. I’m pleased to report that we have now completed this study and a couple of weeks ago I presented the first set of results at Search Solutions 2015. It turns out so far that the search problems faced by ostensibly unrelated professions have much more in common than we’d anticipated, but the strategies for solving those problems rely on radically differing approaches and tools.

Anyway, here are my slides, focusing on one of the three professions we studied (spoiler alert: you’ll have to view the presentation to see which one!). As always, comments and feedback welcome.

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Last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2015, to be held at BCS London on Thurs November 26. This year we’re also offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the day before (November 25). The programme consists of four half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-13:00 Designing Search (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
  • 09:30-13:00 Crowdsourcing for Data Processing and Search (Gianluca Demartini, University of Sheffield)
  • 14:00-17:30 Text Analysis with GATE (Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield)
  • 14:00-17:30 Evaluating search (Paul Clough, University of Sheffield)

I’ve appended further details of my tutorial below. Full details of pricing and registration are available on the Search Solutions website. Note that the closing date for bookings is 23:59 on Wednesday 11th November 2015 (i.e. tomorrow). Hope to see you there!

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IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out yesterday. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a variety of  feature articles this time. 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 2015. Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration is October 31st. Hope to see you there!

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