Entries from May 2008

A Lofty Goal

May 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

The blogosphere is all atwitter with Powerset’s public launch last night. Over at Techcrunch, Michael Arrington refers to their approach as a lofty goal. But I’d like us to dream bigger. In the science fiction stories that inspired me to study computer and information science, the human-computer interface is not just natural language input. It’s […]

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Powerset: Public Launch Later Today

May 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment · General

As a member of the Powerset private beta, I just received this announcement: Greetings Powerlabbers, Later today, Powerset is going to launch the first publicly available version of our product. Since you’ve been active in the Powerlabs community, we wanted to give you a special heads-up to look for our release. Your suggestions, help, feedback, […]

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Special Issues of Information Processing & Management

May 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Special Issues of Information Processing & Management · General

My colleague Max Wilson at the University of Southampton recently called my attention to a pair of special issues of Information Processing & Management. The first is on Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval Systems; the second is on Evaluating Exploratory Search Systems. Both are available online at ScienceDirect. The interactive IR papers can be downloaded […]

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A Harmonic Convergence

May 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Harmonic Convergence · General

This week, Forrester released a report entitled “Search + BI = Unified Information Access”. The authors assert the convergence of search and business intelligence, a case that Forrester has been developing for quite some time. The executive summary: Search and business intelligence (BI) really are two sides of the same coin. Enterprise search enables people […]

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This Conversation is Public

May 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment · General

An interesting implication of blogging and other social media is that conversations once conducted privately have become public. The most common examples are conversations that take place through the comment areas for posts, rather than through private email. My initial reaction to this phenomenon was to bemoan the loss of boundaries. But, in keeping with […]

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Business, Technology, and Information

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment · General

I was fortunate to attend the Tri-State CIO Forum these last couple of days, and I thought I’d change the pace a bit by posting some reflections about it. In his keynote speech last night, George Colony, Chairman and CEO of Forrester Research, called on the business community to drop the name “information technology” (IT) […]

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Saracevic on Relevance and Interaction

May 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

There is no Nobel Prize in computer science, despite computer science having done more than any other discipline in the past fifty years to change the world. Instead, there is the Turing Award, which serves as a Nobel Prize of computing. But the Turing Award has never been given to anyone in information retrieval. Instead, […]

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Guided Summarization

May 2nd, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

I’m still waiting for the ECIR organizers to post the slides from the Industry Day. I particularly liked Nick Craswell’s presentation on A Brief Tour of “Query Space”. Until his slides are up, I recommend this SIGIR ’07 paper to give you an idea of his approach. Slides are here as a PowerPoint show for […]

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List of Findability Solutions

May 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

Dan Keldsen has posted a list of findability-related solutions at BizTechTalk. The 80 or so solutions that he lists are certainly an attempt to err on the side of recall, by including search, taxonomies, interfaces, and visualization as aspects of findability. Definitely a useful resource for anyone interested in enterprise information access.

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Privacy through Difficulty

May 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments · General

I had lunch today with Harr Chen, a graduate student at MIT, and we were talking about the consequences of information efficiency for privacy. A nice example is the company pages on LinkedIn. No company, to my knowledge, publishes statistics on: the schools their employees attended. the companies where their employees previously worked. the companies […]

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