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Wordle presented by SIGIR Chair Bill Hersh

Editorial

Welcome to our autumn 2012 edition of Informer! This is the time of the year when we are all looking forward to THE annual highlight, the AGM of the BCS IRSG. And here comes our first request: do come along if you want to have an impact on the group’s activities. Join the committee and […]

Events Autumn 2012

One day events International Workshop on Big-Data Analytics for the Temporal Web. Of interest to members working in areas of sessions and logging. Paris, November 13, 2012. http://tinyurl.com/9rbtqwf Dutch Belgian Database Day 2012 (DBDBD 2012). A one day event on DB issues of interest to members. Palace of the Academies, Brussels, Belgium 21 November 2012. […]

Choices, choices, choices: Bites of Oregon or SIGIR Tutorials?

Conference Review: SIGIR 2012

SIGIR 2012 was hosted by Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon. The conference was held at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. While many conference attendees acquired residence at the conference venue, others were dispersed throughout lodgings in the downtown area. The busy five day schedule consisted of three days of main conference proceedings […]

The MUMIA Summer School: “Building Next Generation Search Systems”.

A Summer Training School, entitled “Building next generation search systems”, was organised by the MUMIA (Multi-lingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access) Cost Action (www.mumia-network.eu), and held from 24th to 28th September 2012 in Chalkidiki, Greece. Twenty one PhD students and early stage researchers attended the training school. A unifying theme around several of the talks […]

Book Review : Doing Design Ethnography

Doing Design Ethnograpy by Andrew Crabtree, Mark Rouncefield, Peter Tolmie ISBN 978-1-4471-2725-3 “I think the most important thing in ethnography is simply getting designers sensitive to the issues the the people who use systems confront… (Techies) can do all sorts of wild and wacky and wonderful things. The user is just this vague symbolic presence in […]

Book Review: Multilingual Information Retrieval – From Research to Practice

Multilingual Information Retrieval – From Research to Practice by Carol Peters, Martin Braschler, Paul Clough ISBN: 978-3-642-23007-3 The fundamental concept of Multilingual Information Retrieval is computer usage aimed at surmounting language boundaries both for information in the WWW and for many other purposes, such as military intelligence or defense, international trading, inventions or international relations between […]

Call for Book Reviews (Autumn 2012)

This month 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 […]

Summer 2012?

Editorial

Welcome to the summer 2012 edition of Informer. Summer? Wasn’t that the time of the year with no rain and plenty of sunshine and cocktails on white beaches? It seems the summer has passed without even saying hello. But wait, most of this summer’s IR action is still to come when SIGIR 2012 kicks off […]

Kayak.com’s mobile website—with four rows of controls and a large advertisement—clearly fails to adequately prioritize its search results.

Design Principles for Mobile Search

Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines and Google’s Android Design Guidelines both provide valuable guidance for designing general mobile applications. But there are a number of design principles that can help us achieve effective mobile search experiences in particular. Namely, most mobile search applications should prioritize content over controls, provide answers over results, and ensure cross-channel continuity.

Call for Book Reviews

This month 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 […]

Events Summer 2012

Forthcoming Events Edited By Andy MacFarlane Conferences/Workshops ACM SIGIR 2012. The worlds top IR conference. Portland,  Oregon, USA, 12th – 16th August 2012. http://www.sigir.org/sigir2012/ IIiX 2012. The biannual conference on Information interaction in Context. Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 21-24th August 2012. http://iiix2012.org/

ECIR 2012: When in Barcelona ...

Editorial

Welcome back! What a busy period this has been since our winter issue had come out, and what a lot of activities. Most of the editorial team has just returned from an excellent ECIR 2012 in Barcelona and you can read more about the conference in this issue (a small challenge: spot the editors in […]

Three speakers, one session: getting ready for ECIR 2012 Industry Day

Conference Review: ECIR 2012 Industry Day

The annual BCS IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2012) was held in Barcelona, Spain, this year. The 34th edition of the conference has been organized by Yahoo! Research, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona Media, supported by BCS IRSG and ACM SIGIR. The conference represented a valuable moment for researchers to share their results. […]