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Welcome to Not Relevant

This blog was born out of reading complaints from lots of people that their SIGIR paper was rejected.  Ok, we’ve all been there, most of it is probably sour grapes but surely there are some gems there (including yours, my friend!). So your paper got rejected with three two-liner reviews and a metareview that reads […] → Read More: Welcome to Not Relevant

Welcome to Not Relevant

This blog was born out of reading complaints from lots of people that their SIGIR paper was rejected.  Ok, we’ve all been there, most of it is probably sour grapes but surely there are some gems there (including yours, my friend!). So your paper got rejected with three two-liner reviews and a metareview that reads […] → Read More: Welcome to Not Relevant

Welcome to Not Relevant

This blog was born out of reading complaints from lots of people that their SIGIR paper was rejected.  Ok, we’ve all been there, most of it is probably sour grapes but surely there are some gems there (including yours, my friend!). So your paper got rejected with three two-liner reviews and a metareview that reads […] → Read More: Welcome to Not Relevant

FINAL CFP: EVIA 2010

***** FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS *****The Third International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access(EVIA 2010), a Satellite Workshop of NTCIR-8http://research.nii.ac.jp/ntcir/ntcir-ws8/EVIA-2010/June 15, 2010 at NII, Tokyo, Japan.***********************… → Read More: FINAL CFP: EVIA 2010

EVIA 2010 submission site is ready

I’ve set up a submission upload page for EVIA 2010.Please read the instructions onhttp://research.nii.ac.jp/ntcir/ntcir-ws8/EVIA-2010/first and then upload viahttps://www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=evia2010(We will soon provide a link from the EVIA m… → Read More: EVIA 2010 submission site is ready

Can We Build a Distributed Trust Network?

Mathew Ingram posted an interview with Craig Newmark (the Craig of craigslist fame) in which the latter argued that what the web needs is a “distributed trust network” to manage our online reputations. As it happens, this is an idea that has occupied me for several years. So I figured it was about time that I shared my thoughts [...] → Read More: Can We Build a Distributed Trust Network?

Are Ashton Kutcher and Puff Daddy the Most Influential Twitter Users?

In a post on ReadWriteWeb, Sarah Perez summarizes “Measuring User Influence in Twitter: The Million Follower Fallacy“, a recent research paper by Meeyoung Cha, Hamed Haddadi, Fabricio Benevenuto, and Krishna Gummadi. The punch line should hardly be surprising to regular readers here given my variety of rants on the subject: follower count isn’t great measure [...] → Read More: Are Ashton Kutcher and Puff Daddy the Most Influential Twitter Users?

Embark Together

I would like to quickly follow up on my previous post on explicitly collaborative information seeking.  My claim in that post was that, despite the shared terminology, a service like Aardvark (or Twitter) is not truly collaborative.

Let me be clear about Aardvark: What that service does is help you comb through a network [...]

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Don’t Forget Explicitly Collaborative Information Seeking

A panel on Social Search is happening at SXSW right now.  Reading Danny Sullivan’s liveblogging, I came across the panel’s definition of the three distinct types of social searching.  And I think they left one out:

Collective (gathering advice from a crowd)
Friend Filtered (using your friends)
Collaborative (asking a friend — see also our The Rise [...] → Read More: Don’t Forget Explicitly Collaborative Information Seeking

Is Spontaneity Overrated?

It used to be a surprise when people remembered our birthdays, but in the twenty-first century Facebook ensures that we will never forget a birthday. Does that make the happy birthday wishes any less sincere? Or is technology simply providing us with a cognitive assist and helping us express our sincere feelings? A related question is how [...] → Read More: Is Spontaneity Overrated?