Winter 2015

Editorial

Happy New Year and welcome to a new edition of Informer! This time we offer you a special edition, a Conference Reviews Edition. Nothing but conference reviews, how does that sound? Well, let us know and we will listen …

Another late night at work: conference dinner

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Conference Review: Search Solutions 2014

Search Solutions 2014 took place on November 27th at the BCS headquarters in Covent Garden. The event attracted a slightly larger crowd than in recent years. In fact, Search Solutions 2014 was completely booked out this year with 80 attendees from a wide range of different companies, research labs and universities. As in previous years, the event was very intimate, which is an appeal for many of the attendees. There were 5 sessions throughout the day with 2-3 speakers each. The pre-lunch sessions focused on more theoretical areas of web and enterprise search. After lunch, the conference transitioned to a broad range of real world applications.

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Conference Review: IRFC’2014 and 3rd Open Interdisciplinary MUMIA Conference

The harbour view

The 3rd Open Interdisciplinary MUMIA Conference and 7th Information Retrieval Facility Conference (IRFC’2014) was held at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark on 11-12 November 2014. The conference is a continuation of the symposia and conferences of the former Information Retrieval Facility and has since 2012 been co-organised with the IC1002 MUMIA COST action on Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access. The venue was the new Copenhagen Campus of Aalborg University located in the South Harbour in the former buildings of NOKIA’s main R&D lab, and was hosted by the Information Analytics research group of the Department of Communication and Psychology. IRFC’2014 had 60 participants from 22 countries, mainly European.

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Conference Review: Digital Libraries 2014

The joint conference on Digital Libraries 2014 – ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2014) and the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Conference(TPDL 2014). The conference was held between 8th and 12th September 2014 at Milton Court in the Barbican Centre (main conference) and City University London (tutorials, workshops and doctorial consortium).  We review here the information retrieval focused aspects of the conference, focusing on session dealing with indexing and search.

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Conference Review: Information Foraging and Retrieval Autumn School

Following the tradition of past successful Information Foraging Summer Schools and the German Information Retrieval Autumn School, the Autumn School 2014 for Information Foraging and Retrieval took place from September 21-26, 2014, at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany. It was co-organized by the German Information Retrieval Specialist Group and Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The school addressed students, early career researchers and practitioners in interactive information retrieval. The aim was to introduce students to advanced theory, models and technology related to information retrieval, interaction with information and information seeking as well as to discuss current research in these areas. The school attracted Master and PhD students in computer science and information science and practitioners from information infrastructure institutions. Overall, 27 students from over 10 countries participated; 13 of them benefited from a grant which was possible thanks to generous support by ACM SIGIR, the European Science Foundation – Project Elias, the BCS IRSG and the German Gesellschaft für Informatik – Fachgruppe Information Retrieval.

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Events Winter 2015

Conferences/Workshops

IKDD CODS 2015: ACM India SIGKDD Conference on Data Sciences. A general conference on big data of interest to members working in the area of big data and search. 18-21 March 2015, Bangalore, India. http://ikdd.acm.org/Site/CoDS2015/

iConference 2015. The iSchools conference of with themes on many aspects of IR.  24-27 March 2015, Newport Beach, CA USA. http://ischools.org/the-iconference/call-for-participation/

ECIR 2015: The 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval. The groups annual conference. 29th March – 2nd April 2015, Vienna Austria.  http://ecir2015.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/wp/

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