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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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Access to Archives: England’s Contribution to the National Archive Network

Caroline Thibeaud discusses the Archive 2 Archive project.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

ACM / IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

John MacColl reports on a selection of the papers given at this conference in Roanoake, Virginia, June 24-28 2001.

October 2001, issue29, event report

ADAM: Bits and Pieces

Tony Gill presents a few bits and pieces of news regarding the ADAM project which was featured in issue 3 of Ariadne.

November 1996, issue6, project update

ADAM: Information Gateway to Resources on the Internet in Art, Design, Architecture and Media

Nearly half a year after the project’s official start date, ADAM has a fledgling information gateway to information on the Internet in art, design, architecture and media. Tony Gill, ADAM Project Leader, outlines what has been achieved so far, and some of the challenges that lie directly ahead.

May 1996, issue3, project update

Adaptive Developments for Learning in the Hybrid Library

Wilma Alexander on the SELLIC Project and its aim to support the use of electronic resources in teaching science and engineering.

June 2000, issue24, feature article

Allerton 1996

Clare Davies reports on this years event in an annual conference series addressing user-centred aspects of library and information science.

November 1996, issue6, event report

An Overview of Subject Gateway Activities in Australia

Debbie Campbell looks at how the original criteria proposed for an IMesh map against these Australian initiatives.

September 1999, issue21, feature article

Another Piece of Cake?

Anders Ardö, Sigfrid Lundberg and Ann-Sofie Zettergren with an overview of the history of Netlab, now ten years old.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

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

Beyond the Web: The Potential Uses of HTML in Library Disaster Control Planning

During a lifelong library career, 2 out of 5 librarians will face a major disaster in their library. Emma Blagg describes the design and evaluation of a HTML-based disaster control plan, used to provide the counter measures taken to minimise the effects of such a disaster.

July 1997, issue10, feature article

Book Review: Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 2004 (Volume 38)

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

October 2005, issue45, review

Book Review: Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Volume 37, 2003

Colin Harris declares himself a veteran reader of the ARIST, assesses the kinds of reviewing it performs and balances the strengths and weaknesses of this long-standing publication.

January 2004, issue38, review

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

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

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

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: 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

Book Review: How to Find Information

Verity Brack reviews a new practical guide for researchers wanting to improve their information skills and finds it a very useful addition.

January 2005, issue42, 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

Book Review: Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age

Chris Awre finds a useful if limited introduction for those coming new to the field of information representation and retrieval, but is unconvinced by its overall coverage and depth.

October 2004, issue41, review

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

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

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

Book Review: Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval

Charles Oppenheim sees improvements in this second edition but has reservations about one of the few UK-based texts on this subject.

April 2004, issue39, review

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: Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval

Marieke Guy takes a look at a recent introduction to metadata for the information professional.

April 2005, issue43, review

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: The History and Heritage of Scientific and Technological Information Systems

Charles Oppenheim takes a look at this series of personal and researched historical analyses of the history of computerised information retrieval systems, and finds it makes fascinating reading if you are interested in such things.

February 2006, issue46, review

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

Centre for Database Access Research (CEDAR): The Huddersfield Connection

Steve Pollitt describes the history and research behind CEDAR, the Centre for Database Access Research, which specialises in work on the design of interfaces for information retrieval systems.

July 1996, issue4, project update

CLIC: An Electronic Chemistry Journal

CLIC is a project from the Electronic Journals area of the Electronic Libraries Programme. Henry Rzepa, from the Chemistry Department at Imperial College, explains the need for journals in the field of Chemistry that use leading edge technology for molecular information storage, retrieval and manipulation.

January 1996, issue1, project update

Clifford Lynch in Interview

Clifford Lynch, the Executive Director of CNI, was interviewed by John Kirriemuir at the Metadata: What Is It? workshop on 18 June 1997. Clifford shares some views on mirroring, caching, metadata, Z39.50 and how he sees his role in CNI.

July 1997, issue10, feature article

Clumping Towards a UK National Catalogue?

Dennis Nicholson argues in favour of the distributed approach to cataloguing.

December 1999, issue22, feature article

Clumps Come Up Trumps

Helena Gillis, Verity Brack, John Gilby and Marian Hogg review the four eLib CLUMP projects now at the end of their funding periods.

January 2001, issue26, feature article

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

Continuity and Collaboration: The Online Bach Bibliography

Yo Tomita introduces the single most important online resource for the study of the composer J.S. Bach.

January 2001, issue26, feature article

Cultural Heritage Language Technologies: Building an Infrastructure for Collaborative Digital Libraries in the Humanities

Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox describes the work of the Cultural Heritage Language Technologies consortium, a research group funded by the European Comission Information Society Technologies program and the United States National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

Data Archive at the University of Essex

Denise Lievesley and Bridget Winstanley describe this national resource centre for computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities.

January 1997, issue7, project update

DC 2005

Robina Clayphan reports on the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications: Vocabularies in Practice held at the University of Carlos III, Madrid in September 2005.

October 2005, issue45, event report

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

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