[Corpora-List] New Informer - Autumn 2012

Kruschwitz U udo at essex.ac.uk
Thu Nov 8 17:25:16 CET 2012

Informer: Autumn 2012 Issue Out Now!



Editorial By Udo Kruschwitz

Welcome to our autumn 2012 edition of Informer! This is the time of the year when we are all looking forward to THE annual highlight, the AGM of the BCS IRSG. And here comes our first request: do come along if you want to have an impact on the group’s activities. Join the committee and help shape the future of the IRSG. And while you are in London, why not attend Search Solutions as well? This is our annual autumn event where we invite a number of high-profile speakers representing a range of interests and stakeholders, what they have in common is that they all work on search-related issues.

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Where am I? Techniques for wayfinding and navigation in faceted search By Tony Russell-Rose

Faceted search enables users to intuitively explore complex information spaces by progressively refining their choices in each dimension. When combined with keyword search, this approach becomes incredibly powerful: so much so that faceted search is now the dominant interaction paradigm for most eCommerce sites and is being applied to an increasingly diverse range of search and discovery applications.

However, with this power comes a challenge: given the ease with which information spaces can be explored, what techniques should be employed to communicate the user’s current location and navigation options within that space? And how should these mechanisms be extended to facilitate further exploration of that space? This post looks at some of the main techniques and reviews their strengths and weaknesses

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The Future of Information By Tyler Tate

Web pages are dead. The future of information and how people interact with it is undergoing a profound metamorphosis. Our eulogy must begin long before web pages were conceived. Before the Internet, there was the written word; the book was the preeminent artefact for disseminating and assimilating information.

In their early form, books were scrawled on scrolls. Scarcely a format conducive for rapidly jumping from place to place, scrolls were intended to be read linearly. Despite this constraint, the first tables of contents were developed for scroll manuscripts. In the first century A.D., for instance, Pliny the Elder preceded his 37-volume Natural History with a detailed table of contents (Forsythe, 2012). Such tables distilled the contents of a work into a taxonomy of volumes, sections, and chapters so that a reader would not have to scroll through the entire work to find their topic of interest.

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Conference Review: SIGIR 2012 By Ronan Cummins & Pablo Castells

SIGIR 2012 was hosted by Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon. The conference was held at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. While many conference attendees acquired residence at the conference venue, others were dispersed throughout lodgings in the downtown area. The busy five day schedule consisted of three days of main conference proceedings (including an industry day), bookended by tutorials and workshops respectively.

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Book Review : Doing Design Ethnography By Paul Matthews

"I think the most important thing in ethnography is simply getting designers sensitive to the issues the the people who use systems confront (Techies) can do all sorts of wild and wacky and wonderful things. The user is just this vague symbolic presence in all this and I do very seriously think that that what ethnographers should be able to do is get designers used to the idea that users are real people with real practical issues" - Dave Randall

This quote is taken from the opening chapter of this book on ethnography in design by three senior researchers and faculty at Nottingham and Lancaster universities pioneers in applying ethnography to Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). The book is aimed at practitioners and students and this early chapter introduces the issues through a lively and accessible dialog, with the subsequent chapters going deeper into the authors’ philosophy and ways of doing ethnography

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The MUMIA Summer School: Building Next Generation Search Systems By Michael Oakes

A Summer Training School, entitled Building next generation search systems, was organised by the MUMIA (Multi-lingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access) Cost Action (www.mumia-network.eu), and held from 24th to 28th September 2012 in Chalkidiki, Greece. Twenty one PhD students and early stage researchers attended the training school. A unifying theme around several of the talks was patent search. Patent searches typically involve long queries, the documents are classified by topic and are authored by professionals, and are domain specific. In contrast, general web searches involve short queries, the documents are not classified by topic, are often authored by amateurs and web pages and blogs tend to be domain independent.

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Book Review: Multilingual Information Retrieval - From Research to Practice By Jolanta Pietraszko

The fundamental concept of Multilingual Information Retrieval is computer usage aimed at surmounting language boundaries both for information in the WWW and for many other purposes, such as military intelligence or defense, international trading, inventions or international relations between countries, not to mention the most common use - human communication. In 2004 the highest number of candidate countries ever joined the EU - since then on the strong necessity to translate all the official documents into other languages has resulted in a requirement to develop new technologies for automatic search, translation and in some cases information summarisation..

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Events Diary By Andy Macfarlane

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::: Opportunities for Authors :::

If you are an expert in information retrieval or any aspect of search who has strong writing skills, we invite you to contribute to Informer. Please send an article proposal to us at: irsg at bcs.org.

For more information about the BCS IRSG, please go to:

::: http://irsg.bcs.org/about.php


::: About Informer :::

Informer is the quarterly newsletter of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG). Its aim is to provide insights and inspiration to researchers and professionals working in all aspects of search and information retrieval. Our articles provide accessible and timely coverage of important topics, ranging from focused, practical advice, to concise overviews of broader topics, and to deeper, research-oriented articles and opinion pieces.

The IRSG is a Specialist Group of BCS. Its mission is to provide a focus for the European IR community, facilitate communication between researchers and practitioners and promote the adoption of IR research within industry. We host a major European conference (ECIR) and provide an assopciated programme of workshops, seminars and events. The IRSG is free to join via the BCS website, which provides access to further IR articles, events and resources.

BCS is the industry body for IT professionals. With members in over 100 countries around the world, BCS is the leading professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems.


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