Just in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out on this week. As usual, lots of good stuff, with news of the IRSG Search Industry Awards this time. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!
Informer: Summer 2016 issue
By Udo Kruschwitz
Are we late for the summer edition? We don’t think so, as the summer is still in full swing. It’s difficult even to recall what a non-summer day looks like. Rain? Snow? Never seen … Welcome back to Informer! Let’s be purely factual this time to get you straight to the content. Take-home message number one: we introduce a brand-new set of awards…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/08/editorial-19/
The IRSG Search Industry Awards
By Tony Russell-Rose
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…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/08/the-irsg-search-industry-awards/
Conference Review: SIGIR 2016
By Colin Wilkie
The International ACM Conference on Reasearch and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) returned to Pisa after 30 years for it’s 39th meeting. The conference was hosted in the Palazzo dei Congressi, a fantastic conference space just east of the centre of Pisa, alongside the river Arno. Organised by General Chairs Raffaele Perego and Fabrizio Sebastiani, the conference ran from the 17th – 21st July, providing delegates with excellent weather for some sightseeing and to experience the Italian lifestyle…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/08/sigir-summary/
Third International Workshop on Gamification in Information Retrieval (GamifIR’16)
By Gabriella Kazai
The 3rd Gamification in Information Retrieval (GamifIR 2016) Workshop, hosted at SIGIR 2016, started off with a highly insightful and timely keynote by Sebastian Deterding. Sebastian is a senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, a founder and principal designer of the design agency coding conduct, a founder of the Gamification Research Network, and co-editor of “The Gameful World” (MIT Press, 2015)…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/08/gamification-workshop/
Searching for talent: The information retrieval challenges of recruitment professionals (part 2)
By Tony Russell-Rose
A while ago I published a post describing our InnovateUK-funded research project investigating professional search strategies in the workplace. As you may recall, we surveyed a number of professions, and the one we analyzed first was (cue drum roll)… recruitment professionals.
It’s a profession that information retrieval researchers haven’t traditionally given much thought to (myself included), but it turns out that they routinely create and execute some of the most complex search queries of any profession, and deal with challenges that most IR researchers would recognize as wholly within their compass, e.g. query expansion, optimization, and results evaluation.
What follows is the second in a series of posts summarizing those results. In part 1, we focused on the research methodology and background to the study. Here, we focus on the search tasks that they perform, how they construct the search queries and the resources they use…
Book Review: Social Network-Based Recommender Systems
By Benjamin Kille
Daniel Schall’s book presents a series of experiments in the scope of social network-based recommender systems. Our daily life increasingly involves interacting with digital social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and GitHub. Their complexity impedes deciding whom to add as a friend, expert, coworker, or collaborator. The book suggests novel methods which narrow down the choices in form of a ranked list. The author emphasises two main aspects. First, he focuses on social networks in form of directed graphs. This applies to Twitter, GitHub, and GooglePlus among others. Second, the author considers how authority affects communities. Thereby, he devises a novel method by combining the Hyperlink Induced Topic Search (HITS) and the PageRank algorithm. The method enables him to estimate how much of an authority entities represent.
Events Summer 2016
By Andy Macfarlane
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/08/events-summer-2016/
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Informer is the quarterly newsletter of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG). Its aim is to provide insights and inspiration to researchers and professionals working in all aspects of search and information retrieval. Our articles provide accessible and timely coverage of important topics, ranging from focused, practical advice, to concise overviews of broader topics, and to deeper, research-oriented articles and opinion pieces.
The IRSG is a Specialist Group of BCS. Its mission is to provide a focus for the European IR community, facilitate communication between researchers and practitioners and promote the adoption of IR research within industry. We host a major European conference (ECIR) and provide an associated programme of workshops, seminars and events. The IRSG is free to join via the BCS website, which provides access to further IR articles, events and resources.
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