Happy New Year!

Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of Informer! Slightly later than usual, therefore we jump straight into the news section: Jochen Leidner (Director of Research at Thomson Reuters) and Frank Hopfgartner (Senior Lecturer at Sheffield University) are our new faces in the IRSG committee. Let’s give them a round of applause for their election success. We also welcome Steven Zimmerman (PhD student at Essex University) who has been co-opted as the student representative to the committee.
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Search Solutions 2017: The Misinformation Age

Fake News – a key theme of the day

Fake news, misinformation and toxic content were certainly the central theme to this years annual one day Search Solutions conference at the BCS headquarters in London. There were many other great presentations of the day to discuss as, but did not have the essence of relevance of the central theme of the day.

The misinformation topic was introduced in the session just before lunch. Perhaps it was the hunger of speakers and audience that made the session undisputedly the most exciting. The conflicting views of one presenter and an employee of a company providing a popular search engine was just one of many highlights.

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Call for book reviews (Winter 2018)

Keeping up with the tradition of book reviews, we again seek reviewers for a number of recently published books in the fields of information and data science. As always, 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 me 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:

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Events – Winter 2018

One Day Events

Watch out for our annual Search Solutions event in November!


IUI 2018: 23rd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. Of interest to members working on interfaces for search. 7-11 March 2018, Tokyo, Japan. http://iui.acm.org/

CHIIR 2018: ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. Of interest to members working in the area of user interaction with search. 11-15 March 2018, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. http://sigir.org/chiir2018/

TEI 2018: Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions. Of interest to members working in the area of pervasive IR. 18–21 March, Stockholm, Sweden. https://tei.acm.org/2018/

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Open for Business: IRSG to welcome new Committee Members

Welcome back! Now that the summer has finally disappeared and rain is replaced by darkness, we would like to keep you posted on what’s been going on in the world of search. We are a little earlier this time with our Autumn issue of Informer as we want to make sure you hit two important deadlines. Or should we first tell you where ECIR 2019 will be held? No, let’s look at two key dates you need to know.  The first one is Continue reading “Editorial”

SIGIR 2017: Typhoon, Earthquake, and Godzillas

SIGIR 2017 logoThe International ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) was held in the land of rising sun for its 40th meeting. The conference was hosted at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo and ran from Monday the 7th until Friday the11th of August. Keio Plaza is a 47-story building located in the heart of the city’s vibrant Shinjuku entertainment and shopping district right in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

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Call for Nominations: IRSG Committee

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group seeks nominations from members of the group to serve on the committee for a two year term from November 2017.

The committee oversees the work of the officers of the group and takes decisions on a number of important matters including the location of ECIR, allocating funds for student travel support, organising other meetings and conferences including Search Solutions, running the Karen Sparck Jones award and a number of other activities.

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