The Open Search Foundation wants to build a cooperative search engine:

opensearchfoundation.org

I've been gone for a while. What have I missed?

Congratulations to Ellen Voorhees (and all other new ACM Fellows).

Very well deserved, Ellen made tremendous contributions to our field!

acm.org/media-center/2018/dece

PhD positions on search bots and privacy-preserving information retrieval at Georgetown University. #vacancy #FIR

infosense.cs.georgetown.edu/op

Lessons from Maarten de Rijke's award lecture: Focus on Safety (preventing information bubbles, mistreatment of subgroups, model drift) and Explicability (explaining of rankings, of fashion recommendations, of retrieved facts, if demoes going wrong). Challenge: evaluation of explanations; if people understand algorithms better, they'll trust them less...

... and get your inspiration from ancient Indian temples, whether in Amsterdam or not. #dir2018

Sptoify announced its new Data Science Challenge

Spotify Sequential Skip Prediction Challenge is a part of #WSDM Cup 2019. The dataset comprises 130M Spotify listening sessions, and the task is to predict if a track is skipped. The challenge is live today, and runs until Jan 4.

crowdai.org/challenges/spotify

Nobody wants to join?

Paul and I accepted the challenge to teach the next generation of IR enthusiasts here in Sheffield. The fun starts now

Glad to see that submissions for CHIIR'19 are pouring in. If you are thinking of submitting a demo or resources paper, this is just a wee reminder that there's still time until 21 October to work on your drafts sigir.org/chiir2019/calls.html

SIGIR will make all proceedings open access for all time, but this has not yet been completed.

The trick is that you cannot go through the DL, but need the so-called OpenTOC links - those will be providing access for unlimited time, the SIGIR Exec decided.

Eventually, you will find these links for all SIGIR conferences in a consistent way on the sigir.org site.

For now, for 2018, use this page for access to the papers: sigir.org/sigir2018/toc.html

More details on this workshop (including the registration link) can be found at ir.shef.ac.uk/bcs-sheffield-20

Safe the date: Meeting on Ethics, Privacy, Transparency and Bias in Information Retrieval to take place on 5 September 2018 in Sheffield. More details in the next few weeks.

Our paper on personalized context-aware point of interest recommendation has been accepted at ACM TOIS; pre-print available here: bit.ly/2LS7P7n

CfP: ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR'19) | sigir.org/chiir2019/

Come and work with us:

Lecturer (Grade 8) in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at University of Sheffield to work on novel computer interfaces and users' interactions with these interfaces, e.g., in the context of interactive information access, wearable technologies, or gamification.

jobs.ac.uk/job/BKA247/lecturer

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make idf.social 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.