Friday, August 15

Information Seeking Support Systems Workshop Position Papers

The NSF Information Seeking Support Systems Workshop (IS3) position papers are now available.

via Daniel.

It's been really busy recently, so I haven't had time to read through the papers in depth yet. I am in the frenzied process of packing for the imminent move to western Mass. to begin the PhD program at UMass.

FreeBase Parallax

Parallax is a way to vizualize and navigate FreeBase data by David Huynh.

Daniel has in-depth coverage and covers some of David's previous projects, of course tying it back to exploratory search.

See also Max Wilson and Tim Finin's coverage.

Light Information Retrieval Summer Reading

Summer is almost over, but if haven't done your summer reading yet, get started! Here is some material to catch up on.

I previously mentioned the final publication of the new Intro to IR book from Manning, et al. It will be a classic.

There is also background material for the MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology (CSTIT) from the CL at Cambridge.

An Introduction to linguistics by Ted Briscoe.

Background on basic maths: set theory and logic, linear algebra, and probability.

The main book for the one year course CSTIT course is Speech and Language Processing by Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin. A new second edition of the book was released this Spring. It's at the top of my reading list. The first edition was a classic and I'll try to write up a review of the second edition when I get through it.

If that doesn't keep you busy, there is always Moffat, Zobel, and Hawking's Recommended Reading for IR Research Students.

Yahoo! Research at SIGIR 2008

Yahoo! Research has a post on SIGIR 2008, including a list of papers from Yahoo! presented at the conference.

Prabhakar Raghavan gave a talk, New Sciences for a New Web at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore.

They also celebrated the release of Raghavan's new book: Introduction to Information Retrieval. The website now has a new PDF for online reading with hyperlinks.

Thursday, August 14

Microsoft's arrogance is annoying me: Firefox support

At Globalspec, we use Sharepoint as a collaboration tool. I have a big issue with it: it doesn't support Firefox. You get the 'down graded' experience. This means all the spiffy features are gone. For example, if you want to use the rich WYSIWYG text editor, you are out of luck. I'm not the only one complaining.

I have the same problem with Firefox using my old Hotmail account. The 'full' version of Hotmail prompts me that my Firefox 3.0 browser is unsupported and that the product may not function correctly.

Perhaps there are more complicated 'platform support considerations', but I am sick of the BS. Firefox has about 20% of the browser market. Microsoft, stop pretending like Firefox users don't exist. Real developers right code that supports rich experiences in all of the modern (post IE6) browsers.

In the meantime, I recommend Confluence as an alternative to Sharepoint's Wiki component. The downside is it doesn't come cheap...