Magazine article Information Today

April Conference Deluge Continues

Magazine article Information Today

April Conference Deluge Continues

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Last month, I started covering the abundance of April conferences. This was a good thing because there wouldn't have been enough space otherwise to include some of the interesting ones noted here. In addition to the many society conferences in April, the diversity in the themes of the other conferences spans the spectrum.

Buying & Selling eContent

ITI's Buying & Selling eContent, now in its 9th year, will be held April 13-15 at its usual venue in Scottsdale, Ariz. Besides having a stimulating program, the conference is known as a major networking event and the place where major enterprise buyers, content industry executives, and content solutions providers conduct business and make deals. The program features the following three keynoters this year:

* Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur, who challenges Web 2.0 and the resulting unintended social changes

* Y. S. Chi, vice-chair at Elsevier, who will present some of his personal experiences as a publisher adapting to today's electronic environment

* Steve Arnold, information technology guru, who will describe a new future for search engines and how it will impact the industry

Check out the full details of the program and related events at, along with links to relevant blogs and the conference wiki.

IA Summit

Organized by ASIS&T, the annual Information Architecture Summit ( will be held April 12-14 in Miami. With a theme of Experiencing Information, the summit features 45 presentations and 20 preconference workshops on April 10 and 11. In what is becoming a standard feature of many conferences, social networking tools are provided to help attendees interact with others (the IA Summit is using CrowdVine; Last year's summit attracted 560 attendees, so this is another major event on the industry calendar.

Database Searching and Mining

Four conferences focusing on the research and technological aspects of searching will be held this month:

* Most readers will be familiar with Boolean searching techniques. But as new types of nontextual information, such as images or sound files, are included in databases and as relational databases become more widespread, different and more advanced searching techniques are required. The Second International Workshop on Ranking in Databases (DBRank'08; conferences/dbrank2008) will be held April 12 in Cancun, Mexico, focusing on some new technologies as they appear in search engines. According to the workshop website, "The increasing importance of ranking is directly derived from the explosion in the volume of data handled by current applications. The sheer amount of data makes it almost impossible to process queries in the traditional compute-then-sort approach. Hence, ranking comes as a great tool for soliciting user preferences and data exploration."

* The annual Search Engine Meeting, organized by Infonortics, Ltd. ( engines/index.html), will be held in Boston April 28-29. Papers on XML retrieval, next-generation search systems, hybrid searching of different types of content, semantic retrieval, and business intelligence technologies are among those on the program. Almost all of the speakers at this year's meeting are new to this conference, so fresh approaches to search engine technology are expected. The customary award honoring the late Everett Brenner will be given to the author of the best presentation at the meeting. Look for a full report in a future issue of Information Today.

* The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR 2008; will be in Maastricht, Netherlands, on April 14-15. Many of the topics to be discussed at the Search Engine Meeting are also on the DIR 2008 program. Two notable authors will present invited keynote talks: C. J. …

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