Just in case you missed it, here are the details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out today. As usual, lots of good stuff, with great mix of feature articles, research pieces and conference reviews. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!
Informer: Summer 2014 issue
Informer: Summer 2014 Issue Out Now!
By Udo Kruschwitz
Another edition of Informer? Are people not still hotly debating the issues we raised in the spring edition? Well, it’s been three months. Time flies when you are getting old(ish). Welcome back! This time it’s a seriously short editorial. Let’s focus on the facts.
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2014/07/editorial-11/
Feature Article: Mining search logs for usage patterns (Part 1)
By Tony Russell-Rose
As I mentioned in a previous post I’ve recently been looking into the challenges of search log analysis and in particular the prospects for deriving a ‘taxonomy of search sessions’. The idea is that if we can find distinct, repeatable patterns of behaviour in search logs then we can use these to better understand user needs and therefore deliver a more effective user experience.
Conference Review: SIGIR 2014
By Marc Sloan
The 37th Annual SIGIR Conference was held at Gold Coast, Australia in July 2014. The conference was chaired by Shlomo Geva and Andrew Trotman and organised with support from QUT, RMIT, The University of Melbourne and The University of Otago. Located at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the venue was just a 5 minute walk from 35 miles of beautiful Australian coastline.
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2014/07/conference-review-sigir-2014/
Workshop Review: 1st Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR) workshop @ ECIR 2014
By Philipp Mayr
The 1st Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR) workshop @ECIR 2014 in Amsterdam (NL) aimed to engage with the IR community about possible links to bibliometrics and scholarly communication (see more detail in the editorial). Bibliometric techniques are not yet widely used to enhance retrieval processes in digital libraries, although they offer value-added effects for users. To give an example, recent approaches have shown the possibilities of alternative ranking methods based on citation analysis leading to an enhanced IR.
Feature Article: 2014 Karen Sparck Jones Lecture – Wendy Hall
By John Tait
Professor Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton was the 2014 IBM BCS Karen Sp?rck Jones Lecturer. The lecture celebrates the role of women in computing research, and Wendy took the opportunity to present a wide ranging lecture, using her own career as a framework within which to locate the many developments and changes in both computing and women’s place in the subject since she moved from mathematics to computing in the mid-1980s.
Events Summer 2014
By Andy Macfarlane
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