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Conference Review: Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Foraging 2016

This year, following a series of successful editions, Leibniz Centre for Informatics at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany has, yet again, hosted The Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging (ASIRF). The event took place from the 3rd till the 8th October 2016 and was co-organised by The University of Hildesheim. The ASIRF 2016 attracted over 30 postgraduate students with backgrounds in computer/information science and IR researches from all over the world. Some of whom travelled from locations as remote as Brazil, Iran, or China. Regardless of their diverse backgrounds, however, the participants had one thing in common, namely their enthusiasm for information retrieval and willingness to acquire new knowledge in the field.

Thanks to generosity of the sponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR), and German Informatics Society (GI) – students had a chance to expand their knowledge of IR, establish valuable research connections, and explore the beauty of the Rhineland-Palatinate area of Germany.

ASIRF 2016 Group in front of Dagsthul Castle - Photo Credit: Prof Thomas Mandl

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Events Autumn 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. http://irsg.bcs.org/SearchSolutions/2016/sse2016.php

Conferences/Workshops

ISS 2016: ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces. Of interest to members working in the area of alternative interfaces search. 6-9 November 2016, Niagara Falls, Canada. http://iss2016.acm.org/

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Editorial

Summertime - and the livin' is easy ...

Are we late for the summer edition? We don’t think so, as the summer is still in full swing. It’s difficult even to recall what a non-summer day looks like. Rain? Snow? Never seen … Welcome back to Informer! Let’s be purely factual this time to get you straight to the content. Take-home message number one: we introduce a brand-new set of awards.
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Conference Review: SIGIR 2016

Back in Pisa after 30 years

The International ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) returned to Pisa after 30 years for its 39th meeting. The conference was hosted in the Palazzo dei Congressi, a fantastic conference space just east of the centre of Pisa, alongside the river Arno.  Organised by General Chairs Raffaele Perego and Fabrizio Sebastiani, the conference ran from the 17th – 21st July, providing delegates with excellent weather for some sightseeing and to experience the Italian lifestyle.

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Third International Workshop on Gamification in Information Retrieval (GamifIR’16)

The 3rd Gamification in Information Retrieval (GamifIR 2016) Workshop, hosted at SIGIR 2016, started off with a highly insightful and timely keynote by Sebastian Deterding. Sebastian is a senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, a founder and principal designer of the design agency coding conduct, a founder of the Gamification Research Network, and co-editor of “The Gameful World” (MIT Press, 2015).

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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. http://irsg.bcs.org/SearchSolutions/2016/sse2016.php

Conferences/Workshops

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. http://ismw-fruct.spbu.ru/index.html#general

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Editorial

Conferences in Italy - a no-brainer

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Informer! We know we are a bit late this time but we wanted to find out how eagerly people are awaiting our next issue (not quite an A/B test but close enough) and yes, the readers’ response was overwhelming and we promise not to delay the delivery of a future issue again – ever!

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