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Diana Maynard entertains the masses

Diana Maynard entertains the troops

Last week I had the privilege of organising the 13th meeting of the London Text Analytics group, which featured two excellent speakers: Despo Georgiou of Atos SE and Diana Maynard of Sheffield University. Despo’s talk described her internship at UXLabs where she compared a number of tools for analysing free-text survey responses (namely TheySay, Semantria, Google Prediction API and Weka). Diana’s talk focused on sentiment analysis applied to social media, and entertained the 70+ audience with all manner of insights based on her expertise of having worked on the topic for longer than just about anyone I know. Well done to both speakers!

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Just a quick reminder that next Friday (1st August) is the deadline for submissions to EuroHCIR 2014, which I am co-organising with Max Wilson, Birger Larsen, Preben Hansen and Kristian Norling. This is the fourth year we’ve run the event, so we’re hoping for a good set of submissions to keep up momentum. As before, we’re accepting both research and practice-oriented papers, so if you have any queries (particularly about the latter) just drop me a line.

The event itself is on 13 September at BCS London, with a poster session/social scheduled for the evening before. I’ve appended a summary of the call for papers below, and further details can be found at the EuroHCIR 2014 website. Hope to see you there!

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No April fools from me today but instead just a quick heads up that on Sunday April 13 I’ll be presenting a tutorial at ECIR 2014 in Amsterdam called Designing Search Usability. This is part of a programme of tutorials offered that day, so there are lots to choose from.

The course represents a wholesale revision of my original tutorial, updated to accommodate new concepts and exercises drawn from the book “Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery”, published by Morgan Kaufmann in December 2012.

For further details and registration, see the ECIR 2014 website. In the meantime, I’ve appended further details below.

Hope to see you there!

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Valentin Tablan kicks things off (photo: Hercules Fisherman)

After a brief hiatus I’m pleased to say the London Text Analytics meetup resumed last night with an excellent set of talks from the participants in the AnnoMarket project. For those of you unfamiliar, this project is concerned with creating a cloud-based, open market for text analytics applications: a kind of NLP ‘app store’, if you will. The caveat is that each app must be implemented as a GATE pipeline and conform to their packaging constraints, but as we’ve discussed before, GATE is a pretty flexible platform that integrates well with 3rd party applications and services.

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The official announcement has yet to go out, but here’s a quick preview of the final programme for Search Solutions 2013. Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration ends on Wednesday, October 31st. Hope to see you there!

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Last month I announced the line-up for Search Solutions 2013, to be held at BCS London on Weds November 27. This year we’re also offering a Tutorial Programme, which will run the day before (November 26). The programme consists of six half day-tutorials:

  • 09:30-13:00 Designing Search Usability, (Dr. Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs)
  • 09:30-13:00 Patent searching: focus on Asian patent information frameworks, (Jane List, Extract Information Limited)
  • 09:30-13:00 Multimedia Information Retrieval frameworks, (Prof. Stefan Rüger, Open University)
  • 14:00-17:30 Evaluating Search: designing effective user-centred evaluation frameworks, (Dr Sharon McDonald, University of Sunderland)
  • 14:00-17:30 Information resources for the search community, (Martin White, Intranet Focus Ltd)
  • 14:00-17:30 City Search: An evolution of search to incorporate city data, (Veli Bicer, IBM Research Ireland)

I’ve appended further details of my tutorial below. Full details of pricing and registration will be available on the Search Solutions website shortly. Hope to see you there!

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