Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services

SERIES EDITOR: Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This series publishes short books on topics pertaining to information science and applications of technology to information discovery, production, distribution, and management. Potential topics include: data models, indexing theory and algorithms, classification, information architecture, information economics, privacy and identity, scholarly communication, bibliometrics and webometrics, personal information management, human information behavior, digital libraries, archives and preservation, cultural informatics, information retrieval evaluation, data fusion, relevance feedback, recommendation systems, question answering, natural language processing for retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, multilingual retrieval, and exploratory search.

Series ISSN: 1947-945X (print) 1947-9468 (electronic)

Editor Bios


Search-Based Applications Search-Based Applications
Gregory Grefenstette, Laura Wilber
We are poised at a major turning point in the history of information management via computers. Recent evolutions in computing, communications, and commerce are fundamentally reshaping the ways in which we humans interact with information, and generat...
Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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Online Multiplayer Games Online Multiplayer Games
William Sims Bainbridge
This lecture introduces fundamental principles of online multiplayer games, primarily massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), suitable for students and faculty interested both in designing games and in doing research on them. The g...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Multimedia Information Retrieval Multimedia Information Retrieval
Stefan Rueger
At its very core multimedia information retrieval means the process of searching for and finding multimedia documents; the corresponding research field is concerned with building the best possible multimedia search engines. The intriguing bit here is...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Knowledge Management (KM) Processes in Organizations Knowledge Management (KM) Processes in Organizations
Claire McInerney, Michael E.D. Koenig
Knowledge Management (KM) is an effort to increase useful knowledge in the organization. It is a natural outgrowth of late twentieth century movements to make organizational management and operations more effective, of higher quality, and more respon...
Publication Date: 01/01/2011

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Information Concepts Information Concepts
Gary Marchionini
Information is essential to all human activity, and information in electronic form both amplifies and augments human information interactions. This lecture surveys some of the different classical meanings of information, focuses on the ways that elec...
Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval
David Carmel, Elad Yom-Tov
Many information retrieval (IR) systems suffer from a radical variance in performance when responding to users' queries. Even for systems that succeed very well on average, the quality of results returned for some of the queries is poor. Thus, it is ...
Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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Collaborative Web Search Collaborative Web Search
Meredith Ringel Morris, Jaime Teevan
Today, Web search is treated as a solitary experience. Web browsers and search engines are typically designed to support a single user, working alone. However, collaboration on information-seeking tasks is actually commonplace. Students work together...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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XML Retrieval XML Retrieval
Mounia Lalmas
Documents usually have a content and a structure. The content refers to the text of the document, whereas the structure refers to how a document is logically organized. An increasingly common way to encode the structure is through the use of a mark-u...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Understanding User-Web Interactions via Web Analytics Understanding User-Web Interactions via Web Analytics
Bernard J. Jansen
This lecture presents an overview of the Web analytics process, with a focus on providing insight and actionable outcomes from collecting and analyzing Internet data. The lecture first provides an overview of Web analytics, providing in essence, a co...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Reading and Writing the Electronic Book Reading and Writing the Electronic Book
Catherine Marshall
Developments over the last twenty years have fueled considerable speculation about the future of the book and of reading itself. This book begins with a gloss over the history of electronic books, including the social and technical forces that have s...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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New Concepts in Digital Reference New Concepts in Digital Reference
R. David Lankes
Let us start with a simple scenario: a man asks a woman "how high is Mount Everest?" The woman replies "29,029 feet." Nothing could be simpler. Now let us suppose that rather than standing in a room, or sitting on a bus, the man is at his desk and th...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Introduction to Webometrics Introduction to Webometrics
Michael Thelwall,
Webometrics is concerned with measuring aspects of the web: web sites, web pages, parts of web pages, words in web pages, hyperlinks, web search engine results. The importance of the web itself as a communication medium and for hosting an increasingl...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Hypermedia Genes Hypermedia Genes
Nuno Guimaraes, Luis Carrico
The design space of information services evolved from seminal works through a set of prototypical hypermedia systems and matured in open and widely accessible web-based systems. The original concepts of hypermedia systems are now expressed in differe...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Faceted Search Faceted Search
Daniel Tunkelang
We live in an information age that requires us, more than ever, to represent, access, and use information. Over the last several decades, we have developed a modern science and technology for information retrieval, relentlessly pursuing the vision of...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Exploratory Search Exploratory Search
Ryen White, Resa Roth
As information becomes more ubiquitous and the demands that searchers have on search systems grow, there is a need to support search behaviors beyond simple lookup. Information seeking is the process or activity of attempting to obtain information in...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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Automated Metadata in Multimedia Information Systems Automated Metadata in Multimedia Information Systems
Michael Christel
Improvements in network bandwidth along with dramatic drops in digital storage and processing costs have resulted in the explosive growth of multimedia (combinations of text, image, audio, and video) resources on the Internet and in digital repositor...
Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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