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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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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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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 at least one obligatory mention of the word ‘chatbot’. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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I am pleased to announce the final programme for Industry Day at ECIR 2017, which will be held on Thursday 13th April immediately after the regular conference program. I’m sure you’ll agree the lineup of speakers we have below is very strong indeed. Hope to see you there!

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Here’s quick update on this year’s Industry Day at ECIR 2017, which will be held on Thursday 13th April, immediately after the regular conference program. I’m pleased to announce that our line-up has now expanded to include the following 7 speakers:

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