Just in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out last week. As usual, lots of good stuff, this time with a comprehensive round up of what’s been happening on the IR conference scene. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!
Informer: Winter 2015 issue
Informer: Winter 2015 Issue Out Now!
By Udo Kruschwitz
Happy New Year and welcome to a new edition of Informer! This time we offer you a special edition, a Conference Reviews Edition. Nothing but conference reviews, how does that sound? Well, let us know and we will listen ….
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/01/editorial-13/
Conference Review: Search Solutions 2014
By Steven Zimmerman
Search Solutions 2014 took place on November 27th at the BCS headquarters in Covent Garden. The event attracted a slightly larger crowd than in recent years. In fact, Search Solutions 2014 was completely booked out this year with 80 attendees from a wide range of different companies, research labs and universities. As in previous years, the event was very intimate, which is an appeal for many of the attendees. There were 5 sessions throughout the day with 2-3 speakers each. The pre-lunch sessions focused on more theoretical areas of web and enterprise search. After lunch, the conference transitioned to a broad range of real world applications.
Conference Review: IRFC’2014 and 3rd Open Interdisciplinary MUMIA Conference
By Birger Larsen
The 3rd Open Interdisciplinary MUMIA Conference and 7th Information Retrieval Facility Conference (IRFC’2014) was held at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark on 11-12 November 2014. The conference is a continuation of the symposia and conferences of the former Information Retrieval Facility and has since 2012 been co-organised with the IC1002 MUMIA COST action on Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access. The venue was the new Copenhagen Campus of Aalborg University located in the South Harbour in the former buildings of NOKIA’s main R&D lab, and was hosted by the Information Analytics research group of the Department of Communication and Psychology. IRFC’2014 had 60 participants from 22 countries, mainly European.
Conference Review: Digital Libraries 2014
By Andy Macfarlane
The joint conference on Digital Libraries 2014 – ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2014) and the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Conference(TPDL 2014). The conference was held between 8th and 12th September 2014 at Milton Court in the Barbican Centre (main conference) and City University London (tutorials, workshops and doctorial consortium). We review here the information retrieval focused aspects of the conference, focusing on session dealing with indexing and search.
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/01/conference-review-digital-libraries-2014/
Conference Review: Information Foraging and Retrieval Autumn School
By Ingo Frommholz
Following the tradition of past successful Information Foraging Summer Schools and the German Information Retrieval Autumn School, the Autumn School 2014 for Information Foraging and Retrieval took place from September 21-26, 2014, at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany. It was co-organized by the German Information Retrieval Specialist Group and Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The school addressed students, early career researchers and practitioners in interactive information retrieval. The aim was to introduce students to advanced theory, models and technology related to information retrieval, interaction with information and information seeking as well as to discuss current research in these areas. The school attracted Master and PhD students in computer science and information science and practitioners from information infrastructure institutions. Overall, 27 students from over 10 countries participated; 13 of them benefited from a grant which was possible thanks to generous support by ACM SIGIR, the European Science Foundation – Project Elias, the BCS IRSG and the German Gesellschaft für Informatik – Fachgruppe Information Retrieval.
Events Autumn 2014
By Andy Macfarlane
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2015/01/events-winter-2015/
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