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Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives in Theory and Practice
Edited by Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty
Item Number: 978-1-85604-697-8
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $95.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-697-8
Published date: 2011

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New information retrieval (IR) technologies like Tag clouds give libraries and other information organizations groundbreaking opportunities for mass documentation, digitization, and information recording in many forms. Innovations in Information Retrieval provides an up-to-date look at key developments in the field. Chapters cover cultural documentation and terminological problems; innovations in IR in relation to organizational and cultural contexts; IR in relation to media types; museums and tagging; browsing the Tag Cloud; IR, fiction, and the Web; the future of IR as a facilitator of creativity; tools and semantics; and classification in the digital age. This thought-provoking book is essential reading for all LIS professionals and students.
Table of Contents

Foreword - Ina Fourie
Introduction - Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty
1. Encountering on the road to Serendip? Browsing in new information environments - David Bawden
2. Classification revisited: a web of knowledge - Aida Slavic
3. Approaches to fiction retrieval research: from theory to practice? - Anat Vernitski and Pauline Rafferty
4. Music information retrieval research - Charlie Inskip
5. Folksonomies, social tagging and information retrieval - Isabella Peters
6. Digital information interaction as semantic navigation - Richard Kopak, Luanne Freund and Heather L. O’Brien
7. Assessing web search engines: a webometric approach - Mike Thelwall

About The Authors

Dr Allen Foster BA MSc is Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. He holds a PhD in information behaviour from the University of Sheffield, where he was also involved in research projects for a numbers of years. 

Dr Pauline Rafferty MA (Hons) MSc MCLIP is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. She previously taught at the Department of Information Science, City University London, and in the School of Information Studies


"An invaluable starting point for undergraduate and graduate information science students looking for ideas for essay and research topics, and also as an illustration of how to write good literature reviews. There must be around 500 or more papers cited in total, and anyone in the IR community and many in enterprise search would benefit from the insights provided by the authors. Definitely a five-star rating." 

"A welcome addition to the existing literature in the field of information retrieval. This is a very stimulating and thought provoking book which reads easily. Furthermore, it is a book that scholars, researchers or practitioners interested in information retrieval should not be without." 
--The Electronic Library


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