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I know the official publicity isn’t due to go out for a little while just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup for Search Solutions 2013. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is described as:

… a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in web & enterprise search. 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 26, 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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One of the benefits of working on events like Enterprise Search Europe is that occasionally we get privileged access to new products and services in the community. Inevitably, a proportion of these don’t always live up to the hype, but now and then we do encounter one that has real promise: I’m talking about Martin White‘s Search Circle, which describes itself as “the first subscription information service for managers and developers with responsibility for enterprise search and website search applications“. I’ve seen advance copies of the first issue of Search Log and the first two Search Notes, and they are both well researched, well written, and full of original insights. I am particularly looking forward to the issues on Big Data and Enterprise Search and Enhancing Website Search. Good luck to Martin in this endeavour!

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kbA few months ago I submitted an abstract to a well-known conference that deals with the topic of “information” that happens to be “online”. Nothing unusual there, you might think. But what happened next certainly was.

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ESE 2013

Just a quick shout out that on Tues May 14 I’ll be leading a workshop at Enterprise Search Europe on the subject of Search Interface Design. It’ll be held at the Hilton London Olympia, and will consist of a mix of formal presentations, group work and discussion. Above all, it’s a chance to discuss with like-minded folks your own challenges in the world of search interface design and usability, and to share ideas, best practices and solutions. I’ve appended a longer abstract below. If you have any queries, just drop me a line.

Hope to see you there!

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In case you missed it last time (since it filled up pretty quickly), there’s another chance to catch my search usability tutorial in Edinburgh on April 24. I’ll be presenting a full day course called Search Usability: Filters and Facets, which focuses on faceted search and provides deeper coverage of the key topics along with a variety of new practicals and group exercises.

It’s also very competitively priced from just £170 per person – contrast that with a rate of ~£659 a day for this comparable offering!

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

Hope to see you there!

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I’m guessing that by now most people may have seen this, but just in case – and for the record – here is the official announcement of the publication of Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery. It’s the product of almost two years effort by Tyler and me, so we’re both relieved and elated to finally see it in print.

I’ve appended a brief summary below. If you’d like to see more – including a free sample chapter – check out the book website. If you’re interested in reviewing it, drop me a line.

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It’s around this time of year that I re-acquaint myself with a familiar sequence of events: an initial period of doubt as to whether it’s all really worth it, then a sense of relief as the day passes off without incident, and finally a degree of satisfaction that maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea after all. Yes, you’ve guessed it: another chapter in Search Solutions history has just concluded.

For those unfamiliar with Search Solutions, it is of course the IRSG’s main practitioner event, in which we invite influential leaders from the search industry to share ideas, innovations and insights with their peers in an informal, interactive setting.  This is evidently a different formula to the more established search industry conferences, and a world apart from research-driven events such as ECIR. But in its own modest way, it seems to work.

Martin White makes his point

Martin White makes his point

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I know the official publicity isn’t due to go out for a little while just yet, but here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup for Search Solutions 2012. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is described as:

… a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in web & enterprise search. 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.

The major news this year is that 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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In an earlier post we reviewed the various ways in which an information need may be articulated, focusing on its expression via some form of query. In this post we consider ways in which the response can be articulated, focusing on its expression as a set of search results. Together, these two elements lie at the heart of the search experience, defining and shaping much of the information seeking dialogue. We begin therefore by examining the most universal of elements within that response: the search result.

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