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Sheffield Information Retrieval Research Group

The Sheffield Information Retrieval Research Group is one of seven research groups of the Information School of The University of Sheffield. Research on information retrieval in Sheffield goes back as far as the 1960’s. Examples of research themes worked on over the years include the indexing and retrieval ofchemical structures (Michael Lynch), document clustering (Peter […]

SIGIR Forum July 2019 issue

The July issue of SIGIR Forum is now available, and you do not have to be a member of ACM to read it. SIGIR Forum is published twice a year and usually has good summaries of recent ACM meetings. This issue contains, amongst other items, a report on the CHIIR 2019 Second Workshop on Evaluation […]

Awards

Awards open for nominations Microsoft BCS/BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award – nominations close on 12 September The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG) in conjunction with the BCS created an award in 2008 to commemorate the achievements of Karen Spärck Jones. The Award is sponsored by Microsoft Research. For more information […]

ISKO 2019 Conference 15/16 July

ISKO UK holds a biennial conference that is always worth attending. The 2019 Conference takes place at the Department of Library and Information Science, University of London, which may be better known to many as ‘City University’. The Department is sponsoring the event along with Synaptica. One element of ISKO UK conferences is that they […]

BCS Search Industry Awards 2018: final call for nominations

On behalf of the BCS IRSG I am delighted to announce this year’s Search Industry Awards, celebrating the best search innovations of 2018. Presented by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS, these awards recognize people, projects, and companies that have excelled in the design of search and information retrieval products and services. If you know of […]

CfP: Workshop on Ethics, Privacy, Transparency and Bias in Information Retrieval in Sheffield

More than ever before, information, algorithms and systems have the potential to influence and shape our experiences and views. Especially in the context of information retrieval and recommender systems, an awareness and understanding of areas, such as algorithmic accountability, transparency, governance and bias, are becoming increasingly important. Recent cases in the news and media have […]

Information Retrieval in the Workplace: a comparison of professional search practices

If you are interested in professional search and applications of IR in the workplace, you may be interested in a paper titled ‘Information Retrieval in the Workplace: a Comparison of Professional Search Practices‘ in Information Processing & Management. This work is a collaboration with Tony Russell-Rose and Leif Azzopardi, and uses a common research protocol to investigate and compare […]

Call for Nominations: IRSG Committee

The British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group seeks nominations from members of the group to serve on the committee for a two year term from November 2017. The committee oversees the work of the officers of the group and takes decisions on a number of important matters including the location of ECIR, allocating funds […]

Making sense of data at Taxonomy Boot Camp London

17-18 October 2017, Olympia London 25% discount for BCS-IRSG members Last year’s inaugural Taxonomy Bootcamp London (TBCL) was a terrific success as taxonomy people from dozens of countries came together to share their stories and experiences. Now we’re doing it all over again. This year’s conference is all about showcasing the best ideas from the […]

Call for nominations: Karen Spärck Jones award 2015

Microsoft BCS/BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award 2015 – An award to commemorate Karen Spärck Jones Karen was a Professor Emerita of Computers and Information at the University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable women in computer science. Her contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval (IR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially with […]