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Are Academic Conferences Broken? Can We Fix Them?

I’d hoped to get through all of the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track before blogging about anything else (such as Yahoo! search going bada-Bing), but clearly I’m taking too long. So I’m following Daniel Lemire’s suggestion that I post a recent comment on Lance Fortnow’s blog (actually a response to his CACM column entitled “Time for […]

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Student Discount for SIGIR Industry Track

I’m hoping to see many of you at SIGIR 2009 in Boston next month, and specifically at the Industry Track on July 22nd. I wanted to make sure that students were aware that there is a discount available for the one-day Industry Track registration: $150, half off the regular $300 fee (which itself a bargain). […]

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2009 Enterprise Search Sourcebook

I just noticed that the 2009 edition of the Enterprise Search Sourcebook is now available. Published by Information Today, it’s a nice way to survey the landscape. Of course, it goes without saying that you to take vendor claims with a grain of salt, but you have to start somewhere! Of course, if you’re interested […]

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SIGIR ’09 Industry Track Program

At long last, SIGIR 2009 has posted the program for the Industry Track! It will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 during the regular conference program (in parallel with the technical tracks). There is no additional registration fee for full conference attendees, but there is a one-day registration option for people who only want […]

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SIGIR ’09 Registration Details

You can now register for SIGIR 2009! Here are the details from the registration page: Registration fees for ACM members are as follows: $695 for the main three-day conference, including the conference banquet; $395 for students $175 for half-day tutorials $295 for full-day tutorials or two half-day tutorials $150 for workshops $250 for Wednesday’s Industry […]

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SIGIR ’09 Accepted Papers

Thanks to Jeff Dalton for alerting me to SIGIR 2009 announcing the lists of accepted papers and posters. As Jon Elsas points out, the authorship looks quite different this year than from previous years, with industry showing an especially strong presence: 38% of the papers have at least one author from Microsoft (21 papers), Yahoo! […]

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Plan to Attend SIGIR ’09!

SIGIR 2009 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and at Northeastern University. The conference will run from July 19-23, 2009. Even if you are not a researcher and shy away from academic conferences, I urge you to take a look at the Industry Track. I may be a bit biased […]