“New year, new direction?” asks Tony in his opening piece. Are we going to go back to print editions of Informer? Will we establish a new conference series on Enterprise Search? Are we going to extend our activities to the Outer Hebrides? Well, the short answer is that it’s up to you. We want to hear from the membership of the IRSG what we should or shouldn’t focus on in future. Get in touch and we will see what we can do. Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of Informer!
By Tony Russell-Rose on January 31, 2014
The start of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the role and impact of groups such as ours, and ask the question ‘ why are we here?’ For many of us on the IRSG committee, the answer is simple: to promote the dissemination of IR knowledge and best practice in all its forms, and to create connections between communities so that research results are visible to practitioners and challenges faced by practitioners are visible to researchers. But are we delivering on this objective? Do our activities and outputs truly reflect the interests of our members? And how far should we go in understanding those interests?
By Katherine Allen on January 30, 2014
The 4th Enterprise Search Europe conference will take place in London on 29-30 May 2014, chaired by Martin White of Intranet Focus. BCS-IRSG Members can benefit from 20% discount on delegate places.
“In developing the programme, our priority is always for delegates to learn from the successes and challenges faced by other search managers,” explains Martin White. “What really stands out about this year’s Enterprise Search Europe conference is the number of case studies. Delivered almost entirely by practicing search managers, and not vendors, they cover a wide range of business environments, demonstrating common search opportunities and challenges. “
By Tyler Tate on January 27, 2014
How can we make ever-growing volumes of information accessible and useful to people without overwhelming them?
That is the question I want to consider in this third and final instalment on information wayfinding. In Part 1, I argued that we must move beyond thinking of information interaction as a book of pages, and instead think in terms of a spatial environment. In Part 2, we compared information interaction to the process of finding one’s way through a city, and then defined three elements of the information environment: districts, layers, and nodes.
Building upon this foundation, I would first like to consider how people move through information environments. We’ll then be equipped to outline a new set of guidelines for building websites and applications that enable people to make sense of ever-growing volumes of information without overwhelming them. In particular, we’ll look at integrating search and browse into a single, seamless experience.
By Udo Kruschwitz on January 27, 2014
The tutorial on Multimedia Information Retrieval at Search Solutions 2013 held at BCS’s headquarters in London was the last in a series of tutorials by Professor Stefan Rueger from the The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute.
He started the series at the end of 2009 based on the first stages of his text book with the same title that was finally published in 2010. “I always wanted to write up a useful book on research basics and trends in multimedia search,” Stefan explained, “This is how the venture started.” Four years on, and his tutorial has been given at eleven occasions in eight countries, in three continents: ESSIR 2009, Padua, Italy; ACM/IEEE JCDL 2010, Brisbane, Australia; ECDL 2010, Glasgow, UK; RuSSIR 2010, Voronezh, Russia; AIAR 2010, Puebla, Mexico; RuSSIR/EDBT 2011, St Petersburg, Russia; ESSIR 2011, Koblenz, Germany; a lecture series spanning two months in 2012 at NII, Tokyo, Japan; IRFC 2013, Limassol, Cyprus; IEEE SMC 2013, Manchester, 2013; and BCS Search Solutions 2013, London, UK.
By Silviu Paun on January 26, 2014
The Search Solutions Conference which took place on 27 November 2013 promoted quality and diversity in the selection of speakers and topics – this quality driven choice of heterogenic elements was morphed into a homogeneous programme covering aspects from user-oriented search to enterprise-related search.
The conference provided attendees the abstract layers of dogmatic search topics that are of great interest in current industry and academia. The quality of the conference was reflected as well in the organization – a balanced event in terms of audience-size which created a favorable environment for an interaction process based on the exchange of knowledge. Read more…
By Andy Macfarlane on January 23, 2014
Edited By Andy MacFarlane
iConference 2014: annual iSchools Conference. A general information conference with of relevant to the IR community. 4-7 March, 2014, Berlin, Germany. http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
SAC 2014: Information Access and Retrieval at the 29th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. A general computing conference with a track on IR. 24 – 28 March 2014, Gyeongju, Korea. http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2014/
ICMR 2014: ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval. Of interest to members working in the area of multimedia Retrieval. Glasgow, UK, 1- 4 April 2014 http://www.icmr2014.org/