I know the official publicity may not have reached your inbox just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at something we’ve been working on in the IRSG that I’m really excited about: the IRSG Search Industry Awards. As you may know, for many years the IRSG has awarded prizes to its members in various forms, e.g. the Karen Sparck Jones award, best paper at ECIR, etc. These awards help create a sense of community and provide recognition to individual members for their work.
However, the current awards programme is aimed almost exclusively at researchers, with little recognition given to practitioner contributions. This is despite the fact that the BCS as a whole is primarily a professional organisation and the majority of IRSG members are practitioners. The IRSG Search Industry Awards aim to address this disparity.
We are delighted therefore to launch this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2016. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and companies that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services.
If you know of any companies, projects, or products that deserve recognition, let us know by submitting a recommendation. Alternatively, if you’re involved with something special yourself, you can submit an application today.
For 2016 we are offering three awards:
- Best search project
- Most promising start up
- Best paper / presentation (at Search Solutions 2016)
Winners will be selected by our panel of judges. We are grateful to these individuals for lending their expertise to the BCS Search Industry Awards:
- Charlie Hull (Managing Director, Flax)
- Helen Lippell (Search and Taxonomy Consultant)
- Judi Vernau (Director, Metataxis)
The awards ceremony will take place during Search Solutions at BCS London on November 30th. Winners will receive a framed certificate, bottle of wine, and a public listing on the IRSG Awards site.
We’ve designed the application process to be simple to complete. If you are unsure which category to apply for, or have questions about the application process, contact us via the address below.
Nominations will remain open until 1st November 2016.
If you have any questions on the above, please contact Tony Russell-Rose via irsg AT bcs.org.
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