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This page provides an overview of 121 articles related to 'information retrieval', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Information retrieval (IR) is the area of study concerned with searching for documents, for information within documents, and for metadata about documents, as well as that of searching structured storage, relational databases, and the World Wide Web. There is overlap in the usage of the terms data retrieval, document retrieval, information retrieval, and text retrieval, but each also has its own body of literature, theory, praxis, and technologies. IR is interdisciplinary, based on computer science, mathematics, library science, information science, information architecture, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and statistics. Automated information retrieval systems are used to reduce what has been called "information overload". Many universities and public libraries use IR systems to provide access to books, journals and other documents. Web search engines are the most visible IR applications. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Information retrieval)

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Metadata related to 'information retrieval' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'information retrieval': 121 (7.0% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'information retrieval' across all Ariadne articles: 229
  • Average number of references to 'information retrieval' per Ariadne article: 1.89
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'information retrieval': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'information retrieval': 15.6 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'information retrieval':

  1. michael day (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. martin white (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. charles oppenheim (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. conrad taylor (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. david nichols (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Book Review: ARIST 39 - Annual Review of Information Science and Technology

Michael Day reviews another recent volume of this key annual publication on information science and technology.

February 2006, issue46, review

QMSearch: A Quality Metrics-aware Search Framework

Aaron Krowne and Urvashi Gadi present a framework which improves searching in the context of scholarly digital libraries by taking a 'quality metrics-aware' approach.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Institutional Repositories and Their 'Other' Users: Usability Beyond Authors

Dana McKay summarises the literature on the usability of institutional repositories, and points to directions for future work.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2007, issue52, news and events

The National Centre for Text Mining: A Vision for the Future

Sophia Ananiadou describes NaCTeM and the main scientific challenges it helps to solve together with issues related to deployment, use and uptake of NaCTeM's text mining tools and services.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

Googlepository and the University Library

Sue Manuel and Charles Oppenheim discuss the concept of Google as a repository within the wider context of resource management and provision in Further and Higher Education.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

ECDL 2007

Mahendra Mahey, Emma Tonkin and Robert John Robertson report on the 2007 European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, held in Budapest, Hungary, over 16-22 September, 2007.

October 2007, issue53, event report

The KIDMM Community's 'MetaKnowledge Mash-up'

Conrad Taylor reports on the KIDMM knowledge community and its September 2007 one-day conference about data, information and knowledge management issues.

October 2007, issue53, event report

Discussions from KIDMM Mash-up Day

In conjunction with his main article on The KIDMM Community's 'MetaKnowledge Mash-up, Conrad Taylor reports on discussions from KIDMM Mash-up Day.

October 2007, issue53, event report

Enabling Knowledge Communities

In conjunction with his main article on The KIDMM Community's 'MetaKnowledge Mash-up, Conrad Taylor provides further information about enabling knowledge communities.

October 2007, issue53, event report

Collaborative and Social Tagging Networks

Emma Tonkin, Edward M. Corrado, Heather Lea Moulaison, Margaret E. I. Kipp, Andrea Resmini, Heather D. Pfeiffer and Qiping Zhang gather a series of international perspectives on the practice of social tagging of documents within a community context.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Digital Lives: Report of Interviews With the Creators of Personal Digital Collections

Pete Williams, Ian Rowlands, Katrina Dean and Jeremy Leighton John describe initial findings of the AHRC-funded Digital Lives Research Project studying personal digital collections and their relationship with research repositories such as the British Library.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2008, issue55, news and events

The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Cooperation

Janifer Gatenby identifies criteria for determining which data in various library systems could be more beneficially shared and managed at a network level.

July 2008, issue56, feature article

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2009, issue58, news and events

The Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2009

Rosie Jones reports on a three-day conference about Information Literacy held by CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group at Cardiff University over 30 March - 1 April 2009.

April 2009, issue59, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2009, issue59, news and events

Book Review: Digital Consumers - Reshaping the Information Professions

Muhammad Rafiq offers us a detailed review of a work which examines digital consumers from both an historical and future perspective.

July 2009, issue60, review

UK Institutional Repository Search: Innovation and Discovery

Vic Lyte, Sophia Jones, Sophia Ananiadou and Linda Kerr describe an innovative tool to showcase UK research output through advanced discovery and retrieval facilities.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

Book Review: Delete - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Pete Cliff hopes he'll not forget this marvellous book, even when the author seems to suggest it might be better if he did!

January 2010, issue62, review

Archives in Web 2.0: New Opportunities

Marta Nogueira describes how three Web 2.0 applications (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube) can work as a virtual extension for archives and other cultural organisations, by identifying benefits obtained from the use of Web 2.0 applications.

April 2010, issue63, feature article

RDA: Resource Description and Access

Wendy Taylor and Helen Williams report on CILIP's Executive Briefings on RDA : Resource Description and Access held at CILIP on 23 March 2010 and repeated at the Bloomsbury Hotel on 30 March 2010.

April 2010, issue63, event report

Book Review: Information Science in Transition

Michael Day reviews an edited volume published to commemorate the founding of the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958.

April 2010, issue63, review

Rewriting the Book: On the Move With the Library of Birmingham

Brian Gambles presents the Library of Birmingham vision and strategy for addressing the challenge of mobile digital services.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Evidence, Value and Impact: The LIS Research Landscape in 2010

Stephanie Kenna reports on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition conference, held at the British Library on 28 June 2010.

July 2010, issue64, event report

E-books and E-content 2010: Data As Content

Brian Whalley reports on a meeting dealing with academic data management and some JISC projects concerned with institutional responses to the need to manage research data more effectively.

July 2010, issue64, event report

Survive or Thrive

Ed Fay reports on a two-day conference organised by UKOLN on behalf of JISC to consider growth and use of digital content on the Web, which was held in Manchester in June 2010.

October 2010, issue65, event report

Book Review: Introductory Concepts in Information Science

Charles Oppenheim takes a look at an introduction to Information Science but fails to be impressed.

October 2010, issue65, review

Book Review: Introducing RDA

Katrina Clifford reviews a work covering the long-heralded change in the cataloguing rule set - RDA (Resource Description and Access).

January 2011, issue66, review

Towards Interoperabilty of European Language Resources

Sophia Ananiadou and colleagues describe an ambitious new initiative to accelerate Europe-wide language technology research, helped by their work on promoting interoperability of language resources.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Book Review: From Lending to Learning

Tim Davies reviews a spirited defence of public libraries, which tries to define their core purpose and which argues for a re-positioning of their place in society.

March 2012, issue68, review

Book Review: Innovations in Information Retrieval

Martin White reviews a collection of essays on a wide range of current topics and challenges in information retrieval.

March 2012, issue68, review

IMPACT Final Conference 2011

Marieke Guy reports on the two-day conference looking at the results of the IMPACT Project in making digitisation and OCR better, faster and cheaper.

March 2012, issue68, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 68

The editor introduces readers to the content of Ariadne issue 68.

March 2012, issue68, editorial

Book Review: Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Martin White reviews a collection of essays on cloud computing that attempts to clarify the technology and its applications for librarians and information professionals.

July 2012, issue69, review

EMTACL12 (Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries)

Sarah Rayner and Olivia Walsby report on a three-day conference on Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries, hosted by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway over 1 - 3 October 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Book Review: Understanding Information and Computation

Martin White reviews a very individual perspective on the extent to which the growth and structure of the World Wide Web is governed by the fundamental laws of physics and mathematics.

November 2012, issue70, review

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) 2012

Anna Mastora and Sarantos Kapidakis report on TPDL 2012 held at Paphos, Cyprus, over 23-27 September 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Book Review: Powering Search - The Role of Thesauri in New Information Environments

Leonard Will reviews a comprehensive survey of the literature on the use of thesauri in information search processes and interfaces.

July 2013, issue71, review

Book Review: Information Consulting - Guide to good practice

Martin White reviews a book written by three experienced consultants that seeks to support information professionals in setting themselves up as consultants.

July 2013, issue71, review

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