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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Regular readers of this blog will know that over the past couple of years I’ve been researching professional search strategies in the workplace as part of an InnovateUK-funded research project. A key outcome of that is the following journal article, which I am pleased to say, has just been published in JMIR Medical Informatics. It is a collaboration with Jon Chamberlain of Essex University and investigates the search behavior of healthcare information professionals.

I hope Jon won’t mind too much if I describe the work as slightly more academic than my usual blog posts, but it does provide a useful counterpoint to studies of other professions, and complements some of the more conceptual or design-oriented posts on this site. I’ve appended the abstract below. For the full text, see the JMIR website.

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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:

IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out last week. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a mix of conference reviews, feature articles and several obligatory mentions of the word ‘gamification’. Yep, even my spell checker doesn’t know that one. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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irsg As you may recall, last year we launched the inaugural Search Industry Awards programme, which attracted nominations from across the globe and culminated in a memorable awards ceremony at Search Solutions 2016. My colleagues and I are delighted therefore to launch the  this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2017. 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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Recently I’ve had the privilege of working with colleagues at Lexis Nexis on a variety of projects in the area of artificial intelligence and natural language processing. So I am pleased to share with you the following paper, which has been accepted for presentation at the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law in London next week. It’s co-authored with colleagues Zach Bennett and Kate Farmer.

We’ll be presenting this as part of the demo session on Tuesday afternoon. The paper is just two pages long so it’s quite concise, but we are hoping to submit an extended version to a suitable conference or workshop in due course. In the meantime, comments and feedback welcome 🙂

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