Challenges to address now that we have to deal with more and more continuous representations of information to attain high retrieval quality. Sien Moens at

At the Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam for DIR 2019.

Many brief talks to share IR progress (presented at international conferences and/or journals) within the Dutch community.

How python started. Claims Guido 😉

Take home msg: you cannot plan innovation. They were building Amoebe, a distributed O/S, but what had the huge impact one could never imagine was a side project - that only existed because Guido got bored writing utilities in C.

Python identation rules trace back to this paper, arguing for Readability as a programming language design criterium.
(Claims Lambert Meertens.)

Reminds me of Hemingway's "Easy reading is hard writing".


I would like to contribute by running an instance. Not by shipping money to Mr Wales!

researcher in NL or B (or keen on visiting Amsterdam):

Better register soon: may run out of capacity, so if you are not quick...

Welcome to the Fediverse Siks PhD students!

Here's a post "stolen" from Facebook (just like Helter Skelter by U2):

Alistair Moffat keynote at SPIRE 2019, courtesy Ric Baeza-Yates

Full house for the Course for PhD students in Utrecht, NL.

Faegheh Hasibi @fhasibi presenting the lecture on Entity Oriented Search now.

Morning program included Claudia Hauff on Learning to Rank and other Machine learning for , and Hinda Haned on FAT* related topics such as algorithmic bias.

Not sure who will join us later today?!

Looking for Arjan @ the Siks PhD course...

View from the office: de-googlify internet (ty @djoerd) and Martha's PixelPrivacy poster, subliminal biasing our students against the surveillance economy :-)

Three MSc theses successfully defended this week: congrats to Jeffrey Luppes (text classification), Dennis Verheijden (photo selection) and Tanja Crijns (conversational search).

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.