A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at Enterprise Search Europe on a Taxonomy of Enterprise Search. This was the first time that the Enterprise Search Summit had found its way this side of the Atlantic, and I’m pleased to say it was a great success (due in no small part to the efforts the conference chair, Martin White).
The paper was essentially a research-driven piece, reporting on some empirical work into studying the search strategies and tactics that users commonly employ across a range of enterprise search contexts. As such, it mirrors Andrei Broder’s classic 2002 paper (A Taxonomy of Web Search), which addresses a broadly similar goal within the domain of web search. However, we used a more qualitative, user-oriented data source, and also extended the analysis to present some initial implications into how the findings could be applied in the design of search and discovery experiences.
After the event, Martin confided in me how unusual it would be to see such a paper at the New York event, intimating that there would be little room in the program for such a piece. That conversation and a subsequent exchange with Daniel Tunkelang at the CIKM Industry Event got me thinking: is the search industry playing its part in building an effective dialogue between researchers and practitioners? Could it do more? Is the job of disseminating and promoting the benefits and outcomes of IR research purely the responsibility of academics and researchers?
I hope to explore this issue further in a subsequent post. For now, here are the slides from the event. The associated paper is also available in a previous post and as a pdf from the HCIR conference website.