Spring 2020


I make no apology for making this an ECIR 2020 Conference Special Issue. It was a miracle that the conference took place at all given the short notice the organisers had that an in-Lisbon event was not going to be allowed to take place. The quality of the papers was uniformly high and the technology […]

A typical conference experience in pandemic times

Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval – BIR 2020 10th Anniversary Edition at Home

Searching for scientific data and literature is a long-lived user need as academic search defines a complex task for IR researchers. IR veterans like Salton were already trying to enhance the retrieval process by including clues inferred from bibliographic citations. The development of citation indexes pioneered by Garfield proved determinant for such a research endeavour […]

Creating accessible search engines for users with dyslexia

Accessibility of systems has become a significant issue for professional who deliver software products and services, and this includes search technologies. Users are often reliant on these technologies in different contexts (think of Google), and therefore accessibility of information retrieval systems is a key issue for professionals. There are many disabilities, but one which stands […]

Events: Spring

Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis some events have been cancelled, postponed or will be run virtually. We have provided information on each of the events with the current status at the time of writing.

Tony Kent Strix Award Lecture 2020

This is an advance notice of the 6th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial 2020 Lecture.  This is currently scheduled for 22 November. The speaker will be Professor Ingemar Cox, UCL (winner of the 2019 Award) and the venue will be the Library of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

Book review: Project management for IT-related projects

Frequent readers of the BCS IRSG Informer newsletter will be familiar with our series of reviews of books covering recent advances in information retrieval and related areas. Today, we are widening our focus slightly by providing a review of a book on a more general aspect of IT. The first book of choice is the […]

And finally…from the Editor

All these contributions about ECIR 2020 have taken me back to what I am reasonably sure was the first UK conference on text retrieval. It was entitled Computer Packages for Information Storage and Retrieval and took place at the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace on 12-13 November 1979.  It was organised by the Institute […]


Ingo Frommholz is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bedfordshire.  He received his PhD from the University of Duisburg-Essen in October 2008. Prior to joining the University of Bedfordshire in 2011 he worked at Fraunhofer IPSI in Darmstadt, Germany, at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and at the University of […]