Another edition of Informer? Are people not still hotly debating the issues we raised in the spring edition? Well, it’s been three months. Time flies when you are getting old(ish). Welcome back! This time it’s a seriously short editorial. Let’s focus on the facts.
By Tony Russell-Rose on July 29, 2014
As I mentioned in a previous post I’ve recently been looking into the challenges of search log analysis and in particular the prospects for deriving a ‘taxonomy of search sessions’. The idea is that if we can find distinct, repeatable patterns of behaviour in search logs then we can use these to better understand user needs and therefore deliver a more effective user experience.
We’re not the first to attempt this of course – in fact the whole area of search log analysis has an academic literature which extends back at least a couple of decades. And it is quite topical right now, with both ElasticSearch and LucidWorks releasing their own logfile analysis tools (ELK and SiLK respectively). So in this post I’ll be discussing some of the challenges in our own work and sharing some of the initial findings.
By Marc Sloan on July 25, 2014
The 37th Annual SIGIR Conference was held at Gold Coast, Australia in July 2014. The conference was chaired by Shlomo Geva and Andrew Trotman and organised with support from QUT, RMIT, The University of Melbourne and The University of Otago. Located at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the venue was just a 5 minute walk from 35 miles of beautiful Australian coastline.
By Philipp Mayr on July 25, 2014
Organizer of the workshop: Philipp Mayr, Andrea Scharnhorst, Birger Larsen, Philipp Schaer, Peter Mutschke
Workshop Website: http://www.gesis.org/en/events/events-archive/conferences/ecirworkshop2014/
Workshop proceedings: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1143/
The BIR workshop was also informed by an ongoing COST Action TD1210 KnowEscape .
The 1st Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR) workshop @ECIR 2014 in Amsterdam (NL) aimed to engage with the IR community about possible links to bibliometrics and scholarly communication (see more detail in the editorial). Bibliometric techniques are not yet widely used to enhance retrieval processes in digital libraries, although they offer value-added effects for users. To give an example, recent approaches have shown the possibilities of alternative ranking methods based on citation analysis leading to an enhanced IR.
By John Tait on July 20, 2014
Professor Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton was the 2014 IBM BCS Karen Spӓrck Jones Lecturer. The lecture celebrates the role of women in computing research, and Wendy took the opportunity to present a wide ranging lecture, using her own career as a framework within which to locate the many developments and changes in both computing and women’s place in the subject since she moved from mathematics to computing in the mid-1980s.
By Andy Macfarlane on July 15, 2014
Edited By Andy MacFarlane
One day events
Search Solutions 2014. Our annual one day practioner focused event, with a tutorial day. 26, 27 November 2014.
SocialCom 2014: The 7th ASE International Conference on Social Computing. Of interest to members working in the area of social search. 4-7 August 2014, Beijing, China, http://socialcom2014beijing.scienceengineering.org/
WIC 2014: The 2014 Web Intelligence Congress. Of interest to members working in the area of Web Search, personalisation, recommendation and social media. 11-14 August 2014, Warsaw, Poland. http://wic2014.mimuw.edu.pl/