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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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I am recruiting sponsored or self-funded PhD students who wish to undertake projects in natural language processing and UX with focus on information retrieval, including the projects listed below.

Note that these topics are based on MSc level project proposals, but most have the scope and ambition to be scalable to PhD level work. Moreover, they are merely ideas at this stage, so feel free to adapt / enhance them to accommodate your own ideas and interests. Note also that this list is not exhaustive: we have other project ideas and proposals which aren’t quite ready for public dissemination.

If you are a self-funded student considering a PhD in any of the topics below please take a look at the further information and/or email me to discuss.

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Delighted to announce a new release of 2Dsearch, with various improvements including new preferences with options for snap-to-grid, advanced query parsing and default databases. We’ve also integrated the latest version of PolyGlot and fixed the query parser bug which so many of you raised.

What this means is that you can now use 2Dsearch to execute a single visual search across a dozen different databases and benefit from automated translations for many more. We’ve also made further improvements to the user experience and now provide example searches for each of the databases.

We’ve lots more planned for the next release, so if you’d like to help shape this or have comments or suggestions then please let us know.

In this short video we take a brief look at searching grey literature. Grey literature is the term given to unpublished documents such as dissertations, technical reports, conference abstracts, newsletters, presentations and so on. Even though they may not have been formally published, these documents can still contain vital information.

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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 around 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 Search Solutions 2021 and the Industry Awards along with feature articles on text extraction from PDFs and empirical studies of enterprise search. For further details see the Informer website. If you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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