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Search Solutions 2009, London, October 1st (FINAL CALL)

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    *** Early Bird Registration ends: 16th of September *** SEARCH SOLUTIONS 2009 Thursday 1st October BCS London HQ, Covent Garden Search Solutions is a special
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 15, 2009
      *** Early Bird Registration ends: 16th of September ***


      Thursday 1st October
      BCS London HQ, Covent Garden

      Search Solutions is a special one-day event dedicated to the latest innovations in web & enterprise search. In contrast to other major industry events, Search Solutions aims to be highly interactive and collegial, with attendance limited to 60-80 delegates.

      The high quality technical programme includes presentations, panels and case studies in which delegates present and share opinions, insight and expertise.

      The event should appeal to designers, developers, end users or indeed anyone interested in the latest developments in web and enterprise search.

      Provisional programme:

      09:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee

      Session 1: (Chair: Tony Russell-Rose)
      . 10:00 Introduction - Alan Pollard, BCS President
      . 10:10 "Thoughts on Learning to Rank" - Mike Taylor, Microsoft
      . 10:35 "Accessing Digital Memory: Yahoo! Search Pad" - Vivian Lin Dufour, Yahoo
      . 11:00 "How Google Ads Work" - Richard Russell, Google

      11:25 - 11:45 COFFEE BREAK

      Session 2: (Chair: Andy MacFarlane)
      . 11:45 "Location-based services: Positioning, Geocontent and Location-aware Applications" - Dave Mountain, Placr
      . 12:10 "Librarians, metadata, and search" - Alan Oliver, Ex Libris
      . 12:35 "UI Design Patterns for Search & Information Discovery" - Tony Russell-Rose, Endeca

      13:00 - 14:15 LUNCH

      Session 3: (Chair: Leif Azzopardi)
      . 14:15 "Search-Based Applications: the Maturation of Search" - Greg Grefenstette, Exalead
      . 14:40 "How and why you need to calculate the true value of page 1 natural search engine positions" - Gary Jennings, WebOptimiser
      . 15:05 "Search as a service with Xapian" - Richard Boulton, Lemur Consulting

      15:30 - 16:00 TEA BREAK

      Session 4: (Chair: Alex Bailey)
      . 16:00 "The Benefits of Taxonomy in Content Management", Andrew Maisey, Unified Solutions
      . 16:25 Panel: "Interactive Information Retrieval"

      It has been widely reported that the "Google Generation" is changing our expectations of online information-seeking behaviour, and that impatience in search and navigation and zero tolerance for delay in satisfying information needs are becoming the norm. But should simple keyword search remain the dominant paradigm for information seeking behaviour in the future? Should we not be encouraging users to employ more sophisticated search techniques than simply entering keywords and relying on best-first ranked retrieval algorithms? What prospects are there for developing a more meaningful interaction with end users, providing a constructive dialogue that supports and facilitates search and information discovery in its widest sense?

      17:00 - 19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION

      The event will also be followed by the IRSG AGM (timing TBD).

      Search Solutions is organised by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the BCS (British Computer Society), and is held at the BCS Central London Office:

      BCS, 1st Floor
      The Davidson Building
      5 Southampton Street
      London, WC2E 7HA

      For further details, see

      Tony Russell-Rose PhD MBCS CITP
      Vice-chair, BCS IRSG
      Chair, Ergonomics Society HCI Group
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