Spring 2012

Spring 2012

ECIR 2012: When in Barcelona ...


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. […]

Book Review: Search Analytics for Your Site

Search Analytics for Your Site, L. Rosenfeld. ISBN: 1-933820-20-9  (paper)  and  1-933820-04-7 (digital) Financial services company The Vanguard Group had just purchased a shiny new search engine to improve search for their 12,000 employees. There was only one problem: the search results were worse than what they had before. John Ferrara, an information architect who […]

Always busy: conference chair Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Conference review: ECIR 2012

ECIR 2012 took place in Barcelona at a campus of the Pompeu Fabra University which is situated not far from the city centre. Despite the size of the city, most ECIR participants stayed around the same area and wherever you went, you inadvertently bumped into a few other fellow attendees every day & night. The […]

Call for Book Reviews

Periodically we will be sending out a Call for Reviews in which we seek reviewers for a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the IR community. Instead of including book reviews in this issue of Informer, we would like to issue a call for interested parties to review one of the books […]

Conference Review: ECIR 2011

Conference Review: ECIR 2011

ECIR 2011, the 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval and the BCS IRSG’s flagship annual conference was organised by Dublin City University in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, and was supported by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group at the British Computer Society (BCS-IRSG) and the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR). It […]

A matrix of mobile information needs.

The Information Needs of Mobile Searchers

We live in a post-desktop era. In the UK alone, 45% of Internet users used a mobile phone to connect to the Internet in 2011 [7], and Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2014 there will be more mobile Internet users than desktop Internet users globally [6]. Not only are more people connecting with mobile devices, […]

Events spring 2012

AGM/Talks/One Day Events ISKO-UK Seminar and Workshop: “I think, therefore I classify”. A joint ISKO/IRSG on classification. BCS Covent Garden, 16th July 2012 BCS IRSG Search Solutions 2012. The annual one day event on search practice. 28th November 2012