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Looking forward to The Search Solutions 2023 Conference

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The legendary “Liddell and Scott” Greek-English Lexicon of 1842. Foreign-language dictionaries were for many years the only way to search for ancient Greek vocabulary. Search has got simpler since then!

I’m looking forward to Search Solutions 2023 (Wednesday 22 November, at …

UKSG 2023: the Glasgow experience

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The barn-like SEC, where UKSG was held

Now that the UKSG annual conference has got back to something like normality following the pandemic years, it seems a good moment to explore some fundamental questions. What is UKSG for?

You could say, …

Information Retrieval: from theory to practice

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The European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) seems to have emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever. This year, in Dublin, saw the highest number of attendees ever, I’m told, at over 380 in-person and virtual attendees. I’m not a computing …

How to evaluate a startup

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The ad-hoc atmosphere: We stood while they stood and presented

The STM Startup Fair (London, 6 December 2022), billed by STM as “our first ever”, was a fascinating event. There were 23 startups, each given five minutes to present what they …

The Search Solutions Conference

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Photo by charlesdeluvio on Unsplash

It was just like old times: for the first time in three years we were talking face to face, rather than feeling locked into the anaesthetized environment of a conference call. At the Search Solutions 2022

The Frankfurt Book Fair

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A sight to give you nightmares: inside the Frankfurt Book Fair (photo by Arielinson – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Frankfurt Book Fair has been running for so many years, that a standard greeting when you meet someone is “how …

The NEC Conference 2022

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The Eliza psychotherapist emulator  – an updated version of the 60s illusion of intelligence

A welcome return to the NEC (formerly Rave) Conference in London. There was a smaller attendance than in previous years, but as before, the quality of presentations …

What is the link between French postmodernism and knowledge graphs?

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Sounds unlikely, but that was the basis for a remarkable talk by Bob Kasenchak (co-authored by Ahren Lehnert) at an ISKO Meetup (14 June 2022). The talk began in uncompromising fashion with the cover of a famous work by French postmodernist …

The Fiesole Retreat 2022: The role of the library

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National Library of Greece, Athens (photo by Georgios Liakopoulos)

What are libraries for? If you are going to have a public discussion, why not start with the big questions, and that question came up repeatedly at the 2022 Fiesole Retreat, the …

Is Reading Unnatural?

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Vincenzo Foppa, Young Cicero reading (Wallace Collection)

Behind this talk (by Jeffrey Johnson, author of several books on UX design) was one great idea: that reading is unnatural. What Johnson meant by this seeming paradox is simply: any infant (unless handicapped) …

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