Summer 2016


Udo’s summer editorial goes here.

SIGIR summary

Colin’s piece goes here.

Gamification workshop

Gabriella’s piece goes here

Book Review: Social Network-Based Recommender Systems

ISBN: 978-3-319-22734-4 (print) – 978-3-319-22735-1 (digital)

Daniel Schall’s book presents a series of experiments in the scope of social network-based recommender systems. Our daily life increasingly involves interacting with digital social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and GitHub. Their complexity impedes deciding whom to add as a friend, expert, coworker, or collaborator. The book suggests novel methods which narrow down the choices in form of a ranked list. The author emphasises two main aspects. First, he focuses on social networks in form of directed graphs. This applies to Twitter, GitHub, and GooglePlus among others. Second, the author considers how authority affects communities. Thereby, he devises a novel method by combining the Hyperlink Induced Topic Search (HITS) and the PageRank algorithm. The method enables him to estimate how much of an authority entities represent.

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Events Summer 2016

One Day Events

Search Solutions 2016. The annual practioner focused event for the IRSG held at the BCS offices in Covent Garden, together with a tutorial day. 29-30 November 2016.


ISMW FRUCT 2016 conference on Intelligence, Social Media and Web. Of interest to members working in the area of social search or web search. 28 August – 4 September 2016. Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

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