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Better late than never – the Winter 2013 edition of Informer is finally out. Further details below. Enjoy!

Informer: Winter 2013 Issue Out Now!

http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/

Editorial

By Udo Kruschwitz

Fed up with the snow? Tired of writing SIGIR papers?  No exam papers to mark? Then why not take a glass of whisky, sit by the fire and read this new issue of Informer … We have prepared quite a mix of articles this time. We start with an idea that the older readers will remember. […]

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Better late than never – the Spring 2012 edition of Informer is finally out. Further details below. Enjoy!

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Informer: Spring 2012 Issue Out Now!

http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/

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Editorial

By Udo Kruschwitz

Welcome back! What a busy period this has been since our winter issue had come out, and what a lot of activities. Most of the editorial team has just returned from an excellent ECIR 2012 in Barcelona and you can read more about the conference in this issue (a small challenge: spot the editors in the photos in this issue of Informer). Just a quick subjective two-word summary of the conference’s main theme: social networks.

::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2012/04/editorial-2/

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Well, who’d have guessed it? After two long years, the new edition of Informer is finally out.

Can it really be that long? Has a full two years passed since the last issue? So much has happened in that time. First, we’ve expanded the team: I am now joined by Udo Kruschwitz (Co-editor), Tyler Tate (Features Editor), Cathal Gurrin (Reviews Editor) and Andy MacFarlane (Events Editor).

Second, we are now a web-only publication. Goodbye pdf! By moving to WordPress, we can engage much more closely with our audience, and deliver a much more interactive and engaging reading experience.

But we remain committed to our original editorial principles. In particular, we’ll continue to bridge the divide between research and practice, balancing research-oriented content with more practice-oriented case studies, reviews and opinion pieces. We’ll also continue to adopt a broad definition of IR, embracing related topics such as information architecture, knowledge management, data mining, visualisation, and more. But above all, we’ll focus on publishing high quality, original content, written in an accessible, inclusive style.

So, welcome to the new Informer! For further details of the current issue, read on.

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We’ve just published the Autumn 2009 edition of Informer, which is the quarterly newsletter of the BCS IRSG. This edition features the following articles:

 

Informer is free to download from the IRSG website. Enjoy!

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I have the following books available for review in Informer, courtesy of our good friends at Springer. The usual rules apply, i.e. you’ll need to turn the review around in ~2 weeks, so I need people who are happy to commit to that schedule. But in return you get to keep the book, and have your review published in Informer. So it’s a pretty good deal really. For an example of what the reviews typically look like, check out the latest edition.

If you’re interested, drop me a line with your full contact details via the IRSG inbox (irsg AT bcs.org).

Multimedia Retrieval

Series: Data-Centric Systems and Applications. Blanken, H.M.; de Vries, A.P.; Blok, H.E.; Feng, L. (Eds.) 2007, XVIII, 372 p. 152 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-72894-8

Managing and Mining Uncertain Data

Series: Advances in Database Systems, Vol. 35. Aggarwal, Charu C. (Ed.) 2009, XXII, 494 p. 60 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-09689-6

A Generative Theory of Relevance

Series: The Information Retrieval Series , Vol. 26  Lavrenko, Victor 2009, XX, 197 p. 31 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-89363-9

Data Mining for Business Applications

Cao, L.; Yu, P.S.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, H. (Eds.) 2009, XX, 302 p. 125 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-79419-8

Introduction to Video Search Engines

Gibbon, David C., Liu, Zhu 2008, XVI, 276 p. 79 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-79336-6

Literature-based Discovery

Series: Information Science and Knowledge Management , Vol. 15 Bruza, Peter; Weeber, Marc (Eds.) 2008, XII, 198 p. 25 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-68685-9

Social Computing and Behavioral Modeling

Liu, Huan; Salerno, John; Young, Michael J. (Eds.) 2009, XVI, 264 p. 100 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-0055-5

Metadata and Semantics

Sicilia, Miguel-Angel; Lytras, Miltiadis D. (Eds.) 2009, XVI, 552 p. 50 illus., Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-77744-3

Folks – a quick update on the above: I now have only the “Data Mining for Business Applications” book available, so if you’d like to review this then please get in touch asap. If you missed out this time around, don’t worry – there will be another set of titles available to review in the new year.

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