I took over the role as the Editor of Informer in 2019 and have enjoyed the challenge of publishing a quarterly newsletter that in each issue has something of interest to the very varied IRSG. Earlier this year I decided that it was time to hand over the Editorial Desktop as I wanted to gently ease out of my consultancy work on enterprise search and in general anything that had a deadline attached to it. My last issue will be the Winter 2023, which is compiled in December 2022 and published in January 2023. As a result there is a vacancy for an Editor, ideally with whom I could gradually involve in the next three issues. If you would like to volunteer then email Udo Kruschwitz, IRSG Chair. If you would like to find out more about what the Editorship involves then please contact me. Informer uses WordPress as the publishing platform but with a template that is of unknown heritage. As incoming Editor you would have the opportunity to work with the Committee on what the upgrade should be. This will need to emerge from a careful consideration of the role of Informer, especially now that we have upgraded the IRSG web site.
I offer my personal view on the role and future of Informer in my And finally column in this issue.