Entries from September 2009

A Museum of Mathematics

September 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The Math Factory strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum’s activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic [...]

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Privacy, Pseudonymity, and Copyright

September 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · General

A lunch conversation during the Transparent Text symposium about transparency in social media (also a hot topic in the Ethics of Blogging panel) led me to watch the following presentation from Lawrence Lessig on “Privacy 2.0“: Another topic in that conversation was pseudonymity. Someone pointed to a 2000 USENIX paper entitled “Can Pseudonymity Really Guarantee [...]

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Ethics of Blogging: Webcast Now Available

September 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Thanks to Robin Fray Carey for posting the webcast of the Ethics of Blogging panel on the Social Media Today site. You can also catch the tweet stream at #SMTWebcast while it’s still indexed.

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Human-Computer Information Retrieval in Layman’s Terms

September 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

One of the great benefits of practicing, as Daniel Lemire calls it, open scholarship is that I have many opportunities to see how ideas translate across the research / practice divide. In particular, I obtain invaluable feedback on the accuracy and effectiveness of that translation process. A few days ago, I was exchanging email with [...]

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Information Retrievability

September 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

Last year, I wrote a post about Leif Azzopardi and Vishwa Vinay‘s work on information accessibility: Instead of an actual physical space, in IR, we are predominately concerned with accessing information within a collection of documents (i.e., information space), and instead of a transportation system, we have an Information Access System (i.e., a means by [...]

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Free Chapter on Faceted Search User Interface Design

September 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

If you are are interested in user interface design for faceted search–and I know that’s a hot topic for many Noisy Channel readers–then be sure to check out this free book chapter by Moritz Stefaner, Sébastian Ferré, Saverio Perugini, Jonathan Koren, and Yi Zhang. By the way, a chapter of my own book on faceted [...]

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Ethics of Blogging Panel Today

September 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Just a reminder that I’m participating in an online panel today (at 1pm EST) to discuss the Ethics of Blogging. Maggie Fox, founder and CEO of Social Media Group, will moderate a panel composed of Augie Ray, who blogs at Experience: The Blog) and is Managing Director of Experiential Marketing at interactive and social media [...]

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HCIR 2009 Accepted Submissions

September 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

The agenda for HCIR 2009 is now online! As previously announced, Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland will be the keynote speaker. The accepted submissions are as follows: Panel Presentations Usefulness as the Criterion for Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval Michael Cole, Jingjing Liu, Nicholas Belkin, Ralf Bierig, Jacek Gwizdka, Chang Liu, Jun Zhang [...]

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Goby Goes Deep

September 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

At  the first HCIR workshop in 2007, Michael Stonebraker stood up in the middle of an open discussion session and told all assembled that we needed to be thinking about the deep web. I don’t know how much the audience took heed of his call, but he certainly followed his own advice. He and Endeca [...]

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Transparent Text Symposium: Day 2

September 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · General

Given how intense yesterday was at the Transparent Text symposium, I couldn’t imagine that today would match it. But it did! The morning kicked off with a series of 18 lighting talks in 90 minutes–that was 5 minutes apiece, with a ruthless gong for anyone who went overtime. The presentations were consistently intense, and I [...]

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