Report on 15 Years of CLEF published in SIGIR Forum, December 2014 issue

A report briefly summarizing the activities and main outcomes of CLEF in its first fifteen years has been published in SIGIR Forum

Ferro, N. (2014). CLEF 15th Birthday: Past, Present, and Future. SIGIR Forum, 48(2):31–55.

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Lectures of the PROMISE Winter School 2013 "Bridging Between Information Retrieval and Databases" have been published as Springer LNCS Tutorial

Revised lectures of the PROMISE Winter School 2013 - Bridging between Information Retrieval and Databases have been published as an LNCS Tutorial book.

Ferro, N., editor (2014). Bridging Between Information Retrieval and Databases - PROMISE Winter School 2013, Revised Tutorial Lectures. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 8173, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

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Call for Bids to Host CLEF 2016 - September 2016

The CLEF Steering Committee solicits proposals from groups interested in organizing the CLEF conference and labs in September 2016.

Guidelines on submitting a bid can be found in the Template for Bids available at:

http://www.clef-initiative.eu/documents/71612/87713/CLEF-Initiative-Template_for_bids.docx

Bids must be submitted by Friday, April 11th 2014 by email to the Steering Commitee Chair Nicola Ferro (chair@clef-initiative.eu).

The Steering Committee will review and select the proposals. The Steering Committee can ask for modifications and changes to the proposals, if deemed necessary.

Interested parties can contact the Steering Committee Chair Nicola Ferro (chair@clef-initiative.eu) to receive further details.

Important Dates

  • Bid submission deadline: April 11th, 2014
  • Feedback to bidders and discussion: April - May 2014
  • Bid selection: June 2014
Lectures of the PROMISE Winter School 2012 "Information Retrieval Meets Information Visualization" have been published as Springer LNCS Tutorial

Revised lectures of the PROMISE Winter School 2012 - Information Retrieval Meets Information Visualization have been published as an LNCS Tutorial book.

Agosti, M., Ferro, N., Forner, P., Müller, H., and Santucci, G., editors (2013). Information Retrieval Meets Information Visualization - PROMISE Winter School 2012, Revised Tutorial Lectures. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 7757, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

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PROMISE Technology Transfer Day - 5 - 9 March 2013, CeBIT, Hannover, Germany

The aim of the PROMISE Technology Transfer Day is to put researchers, software developers and users together in order to facilitate a two-way communication of research advances and results by researchers, as well as the reverse flow of requirements and ideas from users and developers. The final goal is to stimulate the discussion on Information Access technolo-gies and provide a forum in which invited speakers can share their experiences,  identify common strategies and needs, and detect future challenges in this field.

Registration

Participation in the event is free of charge but subject to registration.

As the number of attendees is limited due to space constraints, please note that registration is binding, and will grant admission ticket to CeBIT and access to buffet lunch and afternoon coffee break.

Please register HERE to confirm your attendance by 25th February 2013.

PROMISE Winter School 2013 "Bridging between Information Retrieval and Databases" - Call for Participation

The PROMISE Winter School 2013 will be held in Bressanone - Italy on 4 - 8 February 2013

The aim of the Promise Winter School on "Bridging between Information Retrieval and Databases" is to give participants a grounding in the core topics that constitute the multidisciplinary area of information access and retrieval to unstructured, semistructured, and structured information.
The idea of the school stems from the observation that nowadays databases are more and more getting into techniques that have traditionally been typical of information retrieval and, viceversa, information retrieval is using more and more database-oriented techniques.

The school mainly targets PhD and Master students but all other researchers or participation from industry is welcome. Some scholarships are available and prices are kept reasonable to allow for a wide participation.

Important Dates

  • Registration deadline: 20 December 2012
  • Winter School: 4 - 8 February 2013

Registration

To register, please follow the link http://www.promise-noe.eu/events/winter-school-2013/registration-and-accomodation.

Call for Bids to Host CLEF 2015 - The Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum - September 2015

The CLEF Steering Committee solicits proposals from groups interested in organizing the CLEF conference and labs in September 2015.

Guidelines on submitting a bid can be found in the Template for Bids available at:

http://www.clef-initiative.eu/documents/71612/87713/CLEF-Initiative-Template_for_bids.docx

Bids must be submitted by Friday, April 5th 2013 by email to the Steering Commitee Chair Nicola Ferro (chair@clef-initiative.eu).

The Steering Committee will review and select the proposals. The Steering Committee can ask for modifications and changes to the proposals, if deemed necessary.

Interested parties can contact the Steering Committee Chair Nicola Ferro (chair@clef-initiative.eu) to receive further details.

Important Dates

  • Bid submission deadline: April 5th, 2013
  • Feedback to bidders and discussion: April - May 2013
  • Bid selection: June 2013
Next CLEFs: CLEF 2013 in Valencia and CLEF 2014 in Sheffield

The next editions of CLEF will be as follows:

  • CLEF 2013
    • 23 - 26 September 2013
    • Technical University of Valencia, Spain
    • More information soon on the CLEF 2013 Web site
  • CLEF 2014
    • 15 - 18 September 2014
    • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
New Schedule for CLEF 2013 and 2014 is available on line

During CLEF 2012 in Rome, Italy, it has been decided to re-schedule the overall yearly cycle of CLEF in order to allow for having a single publication reporting both the conference papers and the labs overview ready by and delivered at the annual CLEF meeting.

Information about the new CLEF schedule are available at:

CLEF Plans and New Schedule (http://www.clef-initiative.eu/documents/71612/afbd989d-06fb-418c-a7d1-a8e84280131d).  

The PROMISE Retreat 2012 report on Prospects and Opportunities for Information Access Evaluation is online

The report of the PROMISE retreat that took place in Padua, Italy, 30th--31st May 2012, is now available online at:

The PROMISE network of excellence organized a two-days brainstorming workshop to discuss and envisage future directions and perspectives for the evaluation of information access and retrieval systems in multiple languages and multiple media.
25 researchers from 10 different European countries attended the event, covering many different research areas – information retrieval, information extraction, natural language processing, human-computer interaction, semantic technologies, information visualization and visual analytics, system architectures, and so on.
The ultimate goal of the PROMISE retreat is to stimulate and involve the research community along the identified research lines and to provide funding agencies with effective and scientifically sound ideas for coordinating and supporting information access research.

The SWIRL 2012 report on Frontiers, Challenges, and Opportunities for Information Retrieval is online

The report of the SWIRL 2012: The Second Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne, that took place in Lorne, Australia, from 15--17th February 2012, is now aviable online at:

SWIRL 2012: The Second Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne
The SWIRL 2012: The Second Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne takes place in Lorne, Australia, from 15--17th February 2012.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the long-range issues of the field, to recognize challenges that are on -- or even over -- the horizon, to build consensus on some of the key challenges, and to disseminate the resulting information to the research community. Our intent is that this description of open problems will inspire researchers and graduate students to address the questions, and will provide funding agencies data to focus and coordinate support for information retrieval research.

Collaborative Information Seeking: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

CIS'11 October 2011 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Overview  

The notion that information seeking is not always a solitary activity, and that people working in collaboration for information intensive tasks should be studied and supported, has become more prevalent in the recent years than ever before. The field of collaborative information seeking is re-emerging, and bringing many researchers and practitioners from various disciplines. We invite you to join a small and motivated set of such participants in a workshop with the theme of "Collaborative Information Seeking: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice". The workshop will focus on theoretical foundations of collaborative information seeking (CIS) as well as its applications, and provide an excellent platform for learning about collaborative/social aspects of information seeking as well as discuss various challenges and opportunities.
 
PROMISE session at CLEF 2011: "The PROMISE evaluation infrastructure, where Visual Analytics meets Information Retrieval"

The session is part of CLEF 2011 program. It will describe the overall PROMISE infrastructure architecture, pointing out the role that a Visual Analytics component will play in such a context in order to understand and make sense of the huge amount of measures and other experimental data that an automated environment will quickly host.

The session foresees both oral presentations and live demos, demonstrating the basic ideas behind the PROMISE project: data management, data visualization and analysis, and interaction.

Speakers

  • Giuseppe Santucci - The PROMISE NoE
  • Marco Dussin - The PROMISE Infrastructure
  • Giuseppe Santucci - The role of Visual Analytics within experimental evaluation campaigns
  • Ivano Masiero and Giuseppe Tino - Novel visualizations for Information Retrieval
  • Guido Lorenzo Granato - The PROMISE Visual Analytics Architecture

Demos

  • Accessing the PROMISE Data
  • Analyzing experimental data with interactive visualizations
  • A Visual Analitycs environment for the comparison of ranked result cumulated gains
PROMISE Winter School 2012 "Information Retrieval meets Information Visualization"

The PROMISE Winter School 2012 will be held in Zinal, Valais - Switzerland on 23 - 27 January 2012

The aim of the Promise Winter School on information retrieval and information visualization is to give participants a grounding in the core topics that constitute the multidisciplinary area of multilingual and multimedia information retrieval. Other topics of the school will include usability of systems, system evaluation, social media and several other related fields.

The school mainly targets PhD and Master students but all other researchers or participation from industry is welcome. Some scholarships are available and prices are kept reasonable to allow for a wide participation.

Important Dates

  • Registration deadline: 30 September 2011
  • Notification: Mid October 2011
  • Winter School: 23 - 27 January 2012
Data infrastructurEs for Supporting Information Retrieval Evaluation (DESIRE 2011) Workshop Co-located with CIKM 2011

The DESIRE 2011 workshop is held in conjunction with the 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2011).

The main objective of the workshop is to gather together experts from the areas of information retrieval, databases, and knowledge management, to encourage them to recognise the urgency of addressing the problem of developing infrastructures for managing the scientific data coming from IR experimental evaluation in an integrated and coherent way, and to coordinate efforts towards drawing a roadmap and suggesting best practices for an effective solution of the problem.

Important Dates

  • Individual Workshop Papers Due: June 20, 2011
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 8, 2011
  • Camera Ready: July 20, 2011
  • Workshop: 28th October 2011, Glasgow, UK
Second International Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA 2011)

EuroVA 2011 (EuroVAST in 2010) is the second international workshop on visual analytics held in Europe and aims at continuing the success of the first edition, held in Bordeaux, France, on June 8th, 2010, co-located with EuroVis 2010.

Also this year the goal of the workshop is to promote and advance the combination and integration of visualization and analytics methods for the purpose of problem solving in a variety of application domains including engineering, business, public policy, medicine, security, etc.

EuroVA will be held on May 31st, 2011, in Bergen, Norway, as an EuroVis 2011 Workshop.

First Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Hypertext Retrieval (PMHR 2011)

The PMHR 2011 workshop is held in conjunction with the ACM Hypertext 2011 (HT2011) Conference.

The aims of this workshop are twofold:

  1. to set the scene in this challenging area, allowing the different communities engaged in related research topics to meet and to determine a program of actions to undertake
  2. to set up a strategy to follow for the evaluation of PMHR systems, so to define the collection of hypertext documents to use to evaluate such type of systems together with the metrics to use.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission: 4th April 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 30th April 2011
  • Early registration deadline: 8th May 2011
  • Revised version of papers: 9th May 2011
  • Workshop: 6th June 2011
1st Semestrely Meeting

The Semesterly Project Meeting will take place in Paris on March 21st and 22nd at La Maison de la Recherche

Link to Meeting page

PatOlympics 2011

PatOlympics 2011 in June


The PatOlympics Protoype Evaluation Exercise is designed to complement laboratory-style evaluation campaigns such as TREC-CHEM and CLEF-IP and to foster the interaction between creators of retrieval systems and information professionals.

For more information click here

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