Germany. Double-booked trains, "friendly" conductors, only cash accepted, no Uber and breakfast not always what it used to be. Watch a pissed off Marc Almond on his way to Berlin - however he reached it eventually 🙈. I think many of us can relate to his Deutsche Bahn experience!

Future Directions in Information Access - the 10th edition of FDIA 2022 will be held on July 20 during the European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) in Lisbon, Portugal. PhD students and early-stage researchers are invited to submit a paper about their work. Deadline June 20.

More Info ->

We are seeking presentations for BCS Search Solutions 2022, which takes place in London November 23 with the aim to bring academia and industry together. More info at

Happy Birthday FC Schalke 04, you craziest of all football clubs! 💙

BCS Informer: Spring 2022 Issue Out Now

Plenty of articles about ECIR 2022 and more IR-related events and activities. Enjoy!

A playlist celebrating the legacy of Soft Cell, those they've influenced and the band's current favourites.

Wonder why I’m still wearing masks 😷 in crowded places? Here’s one reason. Covid hasn’t vanished yet, even if the government says so.

“I was a marathon runner with killer biceps – long Covid has stopped me in my tracks” | Rose George

Ich habe mich die Tage mit Freunden über Corona-Fälle in der Bekanntschaft unterhalten. Wir hatten einen unterschiedlichen Blick auf die Anzahl der Infektionen.

Ich würde zum Abgleich gern mal von euch wissen, wie oft ihr bisher mit #Corona infiziert wart:

(RT sehr erwünscht)

JCDL 2022, the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, will be held as a physical conference with support for remote attendance in Cologne, Germany. Please follow the link for more details.

Ich troete es noch einmal direkt durch mein Netzwerk hier... die @EU_Commission ist auch mit diversen Accounts im Fediverse vertreten.

Je mehr wir denen zeigen, wie wichtig dies fuer uns ist, je eher werden weitere offizielle Accounts folgen.

Hier gibt es eine Uebersicht >

Dachte erst, es ist witzlos, hier so einen Link zu posten, aber dann fiel mir ein, dass die Hälfte von euch ja gerade zum ersten Mal hier ist.

Von den 27 Mastodon-Erklärstücken das derzeit meiner Meinung nach beste:

Wollt ihr mehr aus eurem Mastodon holen? Schaltet das Advanced Web Interface ein und schon habt ihr eine Ansicht wie bei Tweetdeck.
So richtig schön mit Such- und Tag-Spalten, Listenansichten, Replies, etc. Alles auf einen Blick.

New users on
Welcome to the Fediverse!

Once you get the hang of it, please consider writing an toot and pin that to your profile.

I recommend @laura 's intro to Mastodon (link below), and tech savvy ppl may even like to glance over the ActivityPub W3C standard to grasp the full power. I like Pixelfed as another ActivityPub service, and there are more!

So my app told me I again I was close to someone who tested positive. Flying with British tourists seems to be a sure way to catch the virus 😉. Well, unless you wear a mask, like I did. So far mask wearing seems to have kept me from infection several times. Haven't made a test yet though. This week at university I was also wearing a mask. Imagine how many times I could have potentially spread the virus to my colleagues and students otherwise! Everyone should still wear a mask! 😷

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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.