Welcome to a new edition of Informer! Ever wondered how to best get from London to Aberdeen? On a sleeper train! If you are confident enough that your paper gets accepted at ECIR 2017, then why not book early (to avoid disappointment) as it is now official that ECIR 2017 will be hosted by the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. What’s the nearest distillery? Sorry, I am digressing … Read more…
By Gabriella Kazai on October 30, 2015
News is generating renewed interest in IR prompted by the recent seismic shifts in the global newspaper industry and the changes in audience habits to consume news . While printed news still makes up the better part of the global newspaper revenues, digital news is a fast growing contributor, especially in North America and Europe. Read more…
By Roland Roller on October 29, 2015
A large amount of information is provided in text documents but difficult to access for computer programs. In order to detect complex information it is often important to understand the relationships between words and entities in sentences. A relation can express for instance that a disease has a particular finding or a that a drug can be used to treat a disease. An example of a relation is given in Figure 1. Relation extraction addresses the task of detecting relationships between entities from natural language.
By Tony Russell-Rose on October 29, 2015
Over the last few months I’ve been looking in detail at the process of search strategy formulation, i.e. the various ways in which professionals go about solving the problem of resolving complex information needs.
Some professions (e.g. recruitment professionals) employ complex search queries to address sourcing needs, generating queries such as this:
By Julie Glanville on October 29, 2015
The Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group (IRMG) was formed in 2004. Its remit is to provide advice to Cochrane on information retrieval policy and practice, to provide training and support, to conduct empirical research (including systematic reviews) into information retrieval methods, to help monitor the quality of searching techniques employed in systematic reviews and to serve as a forum for discussion. The Group currently has over 300 members on its discussion list.
By Frank Hopfgartner on October 28, 2015
This issue we include another Call for Reviews in which we seek reviewers for a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the IR community. Books will be allocated for review on a first-come-first-served basis and you would have about one month to carry out the review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please let Frank know which book you are interested in reviewing and we will arrange for a copy (paper or online format) to be sent to you along with review guidelines. The currently available books (courtesy of Springer Verlag) are:
By Andy Macfarlane on October 25, 2015
One Day Events
Search Solutions 2015: The groups annual practitioner based meeting, with an associated tutorial day. http://irsg.bcs.org/SearchSolutions/2015/sse2015.php. 25-26 November 2015, BCS Offices Covent Garden.