Just 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!
Informer: Autumn 2015 issue
Informer: Autumn 2015 Issue Out Now!
By Udo Kruschwitz
Welcome to a new edition of Informer! Ever wondered how to best get from London to Aberdeen? On a sleeper train! If you are confident enough that your paper gets accepted at ECIR 2017, then why not book early (to avoid disappointment) as it is now official that ECIR 2017 will be hosted by the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. What’s the nearest distillery…
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Feature Article: News Information Retrieval is calling!
By Gabriella Kazai
News is generating renewed interest in IR prompted by the recent seismic shifts in the global newspaper industry and the changes in audience habits to consume news . While printed news still makes up the better part of the global newspaper revenues, digital news is a fast growing contributor, especially in North America and Europe…
Feature Article: Detecting adverse-drug effects in natural language using limited training data
By Roland Roller
A large amount of information is provided in text documents but difficult to access for computer programs. In order to detect complex information it is often important to understand the relationships between words and entities in sentences. A relation can express for instance that a disease has a particular finding or a that a drug can be used to treat a disease. An example of a relation is given in Figure 1. Relation extraction addresses the task of detecting relationships between entities from natural language…
Feature Article: Search strategies considered harmful
By Tony Russell-Rose
Over the last few months I’ve been looking in detail at the process of search strategy formulation, i.e. the various ways in which professionals go about solving the problem of resolving complex information needs. Some professions (e.g. recruitment professionals) employ complex search queries to address sourcing needs, generating queries such as this…
Introduction to the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group
By Julie Glanville
The Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group (IRMG) was formed in 2004. Its remit is to provide advice to Cochrane on information retrieval policy and practice, to provide training and support, to conduct empirical research (including systematic reviews) into information retrieval methods, to help monitor the quality of searching techniques employed in systematic reviews and to serve as a forum for discussion. The Group currently has over 300 members on its discussion list…
Call for Book Reviews
By Frank Hopfgartner
This issue we include another Call for Reviews in which we seek reviewers for a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the IR community. Books will be allocated for review on a first-come-first-served basis and you would have about one month to carry out the review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please let Frank know which book you are interested in reviewing and we will arrange for a copy (paper or online format) to be sent to you along with review guidelines. The currently available books (courtesy of Springer Verlag) are:…
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Events Autumn 2015
By Andy Macfarlane
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