ECIR 2021 Conference Supplement

ECIR 2021 Conference Supplement

ECIR 2021 was an outstanding event from every perspective. In this first-ever Supplement you will find

A report on the Industry Day presentations will be published in the Summer 2021 issue of Informer.

I am very grateful to Raffaele Perego and Fabrizio Sebastiani, the Co-Chairs of the event, for their support in the preparation of this supplement.

ECIR 2021 Conference overview

Raffaele Perego and Fabrizio Sebastiani are in the process of writing a full report on the conference for SIGIR Forum, and have kindly provided a short reflection for Informer that illustrates the scale, breadth and success of the event, with some notes on the technology platforms.

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ECIR 2021 Keynote presentations

There were three keynote presentations at ECIR 2021, carefully scheduled for the end of the day for the benefit of participants in North and South America and early risers in the Asia-Pacific region. I’m not going to try to summarise the talks in any depth but hopefully I will encourage you to sit down with your favourite video terminal and spend an hour or so in the company of three brilliant presenters and researchers.

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Karen Spark Jones Award 2020 and Lecture

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. Karen was Professor Emerita of Computers and Information at the University of Cambridge and one of the most remarkable and influential women in computer science.

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ECIR 2021 Awards

A list of the Award winners is given below

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ECIR 2021 – Discussion Panel on Open Access

On 31 March 2021, the Wednesday morning of ECIR 2021, the conference participants joined with seven panellists in a discussion on Open Access and Information Retrieval (IR), or more accurately, on the lack of open access publishing in IR. Discussion topics included the experience of researchers with open access in Africa; business models for open access, in particular how to run a sustainable open access conference like ECIR; open access plans at Springer, the BCS and the ACM; and finally, experience with open access publishing in related fields, notably in Computational Linguistics. Read more…

Another BIR Please — Report of the 11th International Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval

The 11th Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval Workshop (BIR 2021) was held online on April 1st, 2021, at ECIR 2021 as virtual event only for the 2nd time due to the pandemic situation. As before, the aim of the interdisciplinary BIR workshop series is to bring together researchers from different communities, especially scientometrics/bibliometrics and information retrieval. In doing so, BIR has a long-established tradition. BIR was launched at ECIR in 2014 and was held at ECIR each year since then. All pointers to past and future workshops as well as to proceedings are hosted at https://sites.google.com/view/bir-ws/. BIR 2021 war organised by Ingo Frommholz (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Philipp Mayr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany), Guillaume Cabanac (University of Toulouse, France) and Suzan Verberne (Leiden University, the Netherlands).

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ECIR 2021 – Cooking Class with Chef Paolo Monti

What can a conference organiser offer to virtual participants as a social programme? The brilliant solution  from the ECIR team was  to offer two cookery classes from the most renowned chef in Lucca. You can watch the demonstrations and download the recipes from the web site.

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