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A matrix of mobile information needs.

The Information Needs of Mobile Searchers

We live in a post-desktop era. In the UK alone, 45% of Internet users used a mobile phone to connect to the Internet in 2011 [7], and Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2014 there will be more mobile Internet users than desktop Internet users globally [6]. Not only are more people connecting with mobile devices, […]

Events spring 2012

AGM/Talks/One Day Events ISKO-UK Seminar and Workshop: “I think, therefore I classify”. A joint ISKO/IRSG on classification. BCS Covent Garden, 16th July 2012 BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2012. The annual one day event on search practice. 28th November 2012

Editorial

Editorial

Welcome to the January 2012 edition of Informer, the quarterly newsletter of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG). For those of you who have been eagerly waiting for the next issue, we are pleased to announce that after a bit of a hibernation we are back in full swing. Has it really been more than two […]

The Three Circles of Collaborative Search

The Three Circles of Collaborative Search

Search often appears personal, introspective, and private; an activity of the individual in isolation. In fact, most researchers depict search as a single-user activity. Yet a 2008 survey found that over half of respondents self-reported having co-operated with other people to search the web, while an impressive 97.1% went on to indicate at least one […]

John Tait opening the fishbowl session

Conference Review: Search Solutions 2011

In November I attended the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group’s annual Search Solutions conference, which brings together theoreticians and practitioners to discuss the latest advances in search. This is always a fascinating event, split into several sessions to cover the various aspects of search: web, enterprise and more.

Delivering Successful Search Within the Enterprise

There is a strange phenomenon surrounding enterprise search. Unlike the practical factors of managing enterprise content, search is shrouded by the expectations of magic.  It is the only component of a document management or content management platform that is expected to work flawlessly out of the box, just point-and-index for perfect search results every time. […]

Book Review: The Social Semantic Web

The Social Semantic Web by Breslin, J.G., Passant, A., Decker, S., ISBN: 978-3-642-01171-9 The Social Semantic Web is, as one would expect, another book on the Semantic Web. This book provides an easy-to-understand insight into Semantic Web and Social Web technologies and highlights research challenges when applying these technologies. The Social Web is defined as the […]

Book Review: Semantic Web Information Management

Semantic Web Information Management, A Model-Based Perspective by Roberto De Virgilio, Fausto Giunchiglia and Letizia Tanca (Eds). ISBN 978-3-642-04328-4 Be it from Twitter, blogs, newspapers, scientific articles, the Large Hadron Collider or from high-throughput sequencers, we live in a world where the volume of digital data is ever-increasing. These documents and data may available through the […]