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That was ECIR 2014


Welcome to a new edition of Informer and a very short editorial (just to find out if anybody notices). What do we have to offer this time? First of all we have a number of workshop and conference reviews. March saw the annual iConference leaving America for the first time and what better place to […]

Nick Belkin, the first key note speaker of the day

Workshop Review: MindTheGap’14

The MindTheGap 2014 full day workshop, held 4 March in conjunction with the iConference at Germany’s Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, aimed to bring together researchers from different domains (including Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Recommender Systems) to discuss the idea of going beyond search  as a “single shot”, i.e., an isolated single query, […]

Lively discussions at the Bibliometrics workshop

Conference Review: ECIR 2014

The 36th European Conference on IR Research (ECIR2014) was held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam on 13-16 April 2014. With its objective to provide the venue for the presentation and publication of the original research outcome in various domains of Information Retrieval, the conference provided a diverse range of opportunities, i.e., workshops, tutorials, short […]

Keynote Richard Bartle unpicking the Call for Papers

Workshop Review: GamifIR 2014

The 1st Gamification in Information Retrieval (GamifIR) workshop was held at ECIR 2014 on April 13 in Amsterdam. The workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities that gamification may present for the information retrieval (IR) community. Gamification, which is the application of game elements and mechanics in non-gaming environments with the aim to increase user […]

Towards Search Standardisation

Towards Search Standardisation

The EU-funded COST Network IC1002 ( ) is a four year (2010-2014) networking programme which aims to promote collaboration between researchers and professionals working on Multilingual and Multifaceted Information Access (MUMIA), principally in Information Retrieval, Machine Translation and related topics. More than 250 scientists and professionals from 28 COST countries and 4 non COST countries […]

Information Retrieval in Austria

The ECIR will take place in Vienna, Austria in 2015. Leading up to this event, we will have short presentations of some of the IR research groups in Austria in upcoming issues. To begin with, we provide a short overview of the IR landscape in Austria. The Austrian IR community is small, but active, with […]

Call for Book Reviews (Spring 2014)

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 […]

Events Spring 2014

One day events Making Metadata work. A one day event on meta-data of interest to members working in the area of meta-data and search. A joint event with ISKO UK.  23rd June 2014. BCS offices, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. Conferences/Workshops LIDA 2014: Libraries in the Digital Age. Of interest to members working […]