Stefan Rueger | 9 Nov 13:51 2009
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CFP: Information Retrieval Facility Conference, 31 May 2010, Vienna

The 1st Information Retrieval Facility Conference provides a
multi-disciplinary, scientific forum for researchers and aims at
bringing young researchers into contact with industry at an early stage.

The 1st IRF Conference tackles 4 complementary research areas: 
    * Information retrieval
    * Semantic web technologies for IR
    * Natural language processing for IR
    * Large-scale or distributed computing for the above areas

The conference proceedings will be published in Springer LNCS.

General Chair: Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield
Programme Chair: Stefan Rueger, The Open University
Programme Committee: see
http://www.ir-facility.org/events/irf-conference/programme-committee

The conference takes place in Vienna on the 31st of May 2010, one day
before the IRF Symposium 2010.
More information available here:
* IRF Conference: http://www.ir-facility.org/events/irf-conference
* IRF Symposium: http://www.ir-facility.org/events/irf-symposium/2010

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper submission: 8 January 2010
Notification of acceptance: 22 February 2010
Final paper submission: 22 March 2010
IRF Conference: 31 May 2010

For queries please e-mail to irfc2010@...
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Paul Clough | 11 Nov 10:26 2009
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Final CfP: GIR Workshop, Zurich, 18-19.2.2010

Workshop on Geographical Information Retrieval GIR'10 - Final Call for
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This is the last call for papers for the 6th Workshop on Geographic
Information Retrieval (GIR'10), to be held at the University of Zurich,
Switzerland, in cooperation with ACM SIGSPATIAL. The workshop continues the
successful series of workshops held previously in conjunction with SIGIR
2004, CIKM2005, SIGIR 2006, CIKM 2007 and CIKM2008. The workshop will take
place on the 18th and 19th February 2010.  

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together the growing community of
researchers and practitioners working in the field of geographic information
retrieval to discuss further progress within the field and potential future
research strands. Examples of topics that are particularly relevant include,
but are not confined to:

* user needs and studies for geographic search;
* architectures for geographic search engines;
* spatial indexing of documents and images;
* extraction of geographical context from documents and geo-datasets;
* geographical annotation techniques for geo-referenced documents and
images;
* design, construction, maintenance and access methods for geographical
ontologies, gazetteers and geographical thesauri;
* geographical query interfaces for the web and geo-spatial libraries;
* geographic information question/ answering services;
* dealing with natural language in geographic information retrieval;
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Tran Thanh | 14 Nov 21:09 2009
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Second Call For Papers: JWS special issue on SemanticSearch

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Second call for papers  for a 
           JWS special issue on Semantic Search

Yong Yu and Rudi Studer are editing a special issue of the Journal of Web
Semantics on "Semantic Search" that will appear in the summer 2010.

Semantic technologies, namely expressive ontology and resource description
languages, scalable repositories, reasoning engines and information
extraction techniques are now in a mature state such that they can be
applied to enable a higher level of semantic underpinning in real-world
Information Retrieval (IR) systems. This application of semantic
technologies to IR tasks is typically referred to as Semantic Search.
Challenges on this way include (i) identifying tasks and paradigms for
semantic search systems, (ii) devising expressive annotation frameworks as
well as scalable algorithms and infrastructures, (iii) investigating
innovative query paradigms for semantic search systems, and (iv) applying
machine learning and information extraction techniques in the context of
semantic search.

This special issue shall covers interdisciplinary topics between Semantic
Web and search. These include but are not limited to:

.	Information retrieval tasks on the Semantic Web
.	Incentives and interaction paradigms for resource annotation
.	Interaction paradigms for semantic search
.	Semantic technologies for query interpretation, refinement and
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Andrew MacFarlane | 16 Nov 11:12 2009
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Re: BCS North London Branch Event Nov 25th (fwd)

Dear members

Some of you may be interested in this event.

cheers
andy

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!     Dr. A. MacFarlane, Senior Lecturer, Room A304E,     !
!       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
!         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
!   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
!       URL: http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/~andym/            !
!       Blog: http://unix-spiders.blogspot.com/           !
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Andrew MacFarlane | 20 Nov 14:54 2009
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BCS SMSG: 'IT Service Management Trends and Challenges' meeting, Monday 30th November 2009 (fwd)

fyi

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!     Dr. A. MacFarlane, Senior Lecturer, Room A304E,     !
!       Centre for Interactive Systems Research           !
! Dept. Of Information Science,  City University London   !
!         Northampton Square, LONDON EC1V 0HB             !
!   Tel:+44 (0)20 7040 8386   Fax:+44 (0)20 7040 8584     !
!       URL: http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/~andym/            !
!       Blog: http://unix-spiders.blogspot.com/           !
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Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:10:41 -0000
From: "Liddiard, Gemma" <gemma.liddiard@...>
To: leif@..., andym@...
Subject: BCS SMSG: 'IT Service Management Trends and Challenges' meeting,
     Monday 30th November 2009

Dear Andrew, Leif

Please find below details of a forthcoming Service Management SG event on
'IT Service Management Trends and Challenges' which is free for BCS members.

Please feel free to forward this to your membership if you feel it would be
of interest to them. Alternatively I am happy to do this on your behalf. 

Kind regards

Gemma Liddiard AMBCS
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Gmane