Editorial By Udo Kruschwitz
Melting motorways and buckled rails? The summer has arrived in England. Welcome to a new edition of Informer. This is a Special Summer Edition in that we kept this issue (and the editorial) as short as possible so that we do not distract you too much from your summer reading.
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Conference Review: 13th Dutch-Belgian Workshop on Information Retrieval By Carsten Eickhoff
The DIR workshop traditionally represents one of the annual highlights for information retrieval researchers in Belgium and the Netherlands. Hosted alternatingly in between the Netherlands and Belgium it serves as a venue for networking, sharing and discussing late-breaking research results as well as promoting recent publications in international key conferences and journals. A special emphasis has always been put on contributions from doctoral students, giving them a forum to communicate their results and gather experience presenting their work. Like other workshops, DIR invites original research papers and demonstrators for presentation.
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Feature Article: Information Wayfinding, Pt 2: Elements of the Information Environment By Tyler Tate
In Part 1 of this series, I argued that vestiges of the pre-Web, print era still haunt digital experiences. To create information environments that are truly coherent, we must view them not as books full of pages, but as spaces to navigate and explore—much like finding our way through a city or a museum. This is what I call information wayfinding.
In this article, I’ll scrutinize the nature of information environments by investigating their most fundamental elements. In doing so, my ambition is nothing less than to subtly reframe the way we think about interacting with information on Web sites, in mobile applications, and in other digital experiences.
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Book Review : Recommender Systems for Social Tagging Systems By Epaminondas Kapetanios
The book, published by Springer in 2012, discusses the role of recommender systems in order to serve social tagging systems. With the emergence of Web 2.0 application, or the participatory Web, social tagging systems, such as Bibsonomy and CiteULike, gained momentum as a response to the problem and challenges posed by the creation of adequate descriptions of Web resources, be them documents, articles, Web pages, URL’s, images, etc., in order to foster sharing, effecting search, reusability of resources on the Web. Though social tagging systems are promising, the book is also an attempt to respond to the challenge imposed by crowd sourced descriptions with its many facets such as variety in users’ conceptions, disagreements, innate difficulty to converge towards common agreed upon vocabularies, lack of gold standards, just to name a few.
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Call for Book Reviews By Cathal Gurrin
This issue we include another Call for Reviews in which we seek reviewers for a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the IR community. Books will be allocated for review on a first-come-first-served basis and you would have about one month to carry out the review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please let Cathal know (cgurrin at computing.dcu.ie) which book you are interested in reviewing and we will arrange for a copy (paper or online format) to be sent to you along with review guidelines. For examples of previous book reviews, see the most recent issues of Informer. The currently available books (courtesy of our good friends at Springer) are:
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Events Diary By Andy Macfarlane
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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.
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