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irsg As you may recall, last year we hosted the second  Search Industry Awards programme, which attracted nominations from across the globe and culminated in a memorable awards ceremony at Search Solutions 2017. My colleagues and I are delighted therefore to launch the  this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2018. 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.

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In our last few posts we’ve discussed a range of topics that have explored some of the complexity and nuance in designing effective search experiences. However, much of this complexity is hidden from the majority of us, as its effect is most keenly felt in what we call ‘professional search’ applications, i.e. those used by lawyers, scientists, information professionals, etc. in the course of their work. These individuals undertake search tasks as part of their professional duties, often applying specialist expertise to address a specific brief, with a high value outcome and within explicit resource constraints.

So I am delighted therefore to invite you to attend the First International Workshop on Professional Search, which will be held on 12 July in Ann Arbor, Michigan as part of SIGIR 2018:

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On Wednesday last week I had the honour of co-chairing the 12th Search Solutions conference at BCS London in Covent Garden. As always, the event included presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval. And in keeping with last year’s event, we were delighted to be able to announce the winners of this year’s BCS Search Industry Awards. In a ceremony held at the close of Search Solution 2017, it was my honour to announce the winners for the following three categories:

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As you may recall last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2017, to be held at BCS London on November 29. I’m pleased to announce that this year we’ll also be offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the preceding day (Tuesday 28th). The programme consists of three half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-13:00 Designing Search (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
  • 14:00-17:30 Text Analysis with GATE (Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield)
  • 14:00-17:30 Searching the Linked Open Data Cloud (Epaminondas Kapetanios, University of Westminster )

My tutorial is fully booked now, but I’ve appended further details below in case you’re interested in attending a future presentation. Last year I attended Diana’s tutorial on GATE and can highly recommend it as an excellent introduction to the platform and NLP in general. This year I am looking forward to Epaminondas’s tutorial on linked open data – very timely and topical!

Full details of pricing and registration are available on the Search Solutions website. Note that the closing date for bookings is Sunday 26th November. Hope to see you there 🙂

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Here’s a quick preview of the final programme for Search Solutions 2017. Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration is October 31st. Hope to see you there!

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irsgJust a quick reminder that nominations for the 2017 BCS Search Industry Awards close on November 1st. So if you’re thinking of applying, or nominating someone, now is the time to submit your application. Further details below. Hope to see you at the awards ceremony!

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I know the official publicity may not have reached your inbox just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup for Search Solutions 2017. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is described as:

… the premier UK forum for presentation of the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive, with attendance strictly limited. The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval.

As last year we’ll be preceding the event with a tutorials day on November 28, which will offer conference attendees and local participants a stimulating and informative selection of practical training courses reflecting current topics and state-of-the-art methods in search and information retrieval. More on that later! Meanwhile, here is the provisional programme thus far:

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