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Chua T., Leong M., Myaeng S. H., Oard D. W., Sebastiani F. ACM SIGIR 2008. In: 31st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. Editorial, pp. iii - iv. Chua Tat-Seng, Leong Mun-Kew, Myaeng Sung Hyon, Oard Douglas W. , Sebastiani Fabrizio (eds.). ACM, 2008.
Welcome to the 31st year of SIGIR, the Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. The growth in SIGIR in recent years has been remarkable. SIGIR 2005 received a record 368 full paper submissions, SIGIR 2006 eclipsed that record with 399 submissions, and SIGIR 2007 exceeded all expectations with 490 submissions. Things stabilized a bit this year, with 497 full paper submissions from 35 countries. Notably, more submissions were received from Pacific Rim countries (182) than from any other region (North America 159, Europe 107, India 31, Middle East 9, South America 7, Africa 2). Of these submissions, we were able to accept 85 full papers (17%). These contributions include many long-standing areas of information retrieval research (e.g., indexing, evaluation, classification, user studies), several topics that have received increasing attention in recent years (e.g., learning to rank, social tagging) and some emerging topics that may inspire more work along similar lines in the future (e.g., collaborative search, sentiment analysis). Along with these full papers, we accepted 99 posters, 11 demonstrations, 9 tutorials and 10 workshops, and 11 Ph.D. candidates were selected to participate in our doctoral consortium. Again this year, the selection of full papers was performed using a two-stage reviewing process. A total of 35 members of the Senior Program Committee (two more than in 2007) were selected based on their expertise, with significant attention to balancing continuity from previous years with addition of new perspectives, and to reflecting the increasingly diverse global scope of the SIGIR membership. The PC co-chairs and Senior PC members nominated more than 400 primary reviewers, 337 of whom accepted our invitation and actually reviewed papers (an 8% increase over the 313 reviewers who performed that critical role for SIGIR 2007). For the first time this year, PC and Senior PC members bid for papers, which were then assigned by the PC chairs based on those bids, the reviewer's stated subject expertise, and avoiding known conflicts of interest. Each paper was assigned to three primary reviewers (which resulted in five papers typically being assigned to a reviewer), and to one Senior PC member (which typically resulted in 14 papers being managed by a Senior PC member). All reviewing was double blind, with the identity of authors known only by the PC chairs during the review process, and with reviewer identities known only by unconflicted members of the PC. The Senior PC member assigned to each paper encouraged reviewers to discuss substantive differences of opinion, they requested additional reviews when needed, they led the discussion of the paper at an in-person PC meeting (at the University of Maryland, March 27-28, 2008) at which final decisions were made, and they produced a metareview for each paper that summarized the basis for the Program Committee's decision. We wish to especially thank the members of the Senior PC for their outstanding work! Similar processes were followed for selection of posters and demonstrations, tutorials, workshops, and doctoral consortium participants. We are grateful to Peter Anick, Fabio Crestani, Susan Dumais, Efthimis Efthimiadis, Hang Li, Hwee Tou Ng, Edie Rasmussen and Andrew Trotman for their leadership of those important selection processes, and to Jian-Yun Nie for his leadership of the mentoring program that serves as an important entry point for researchers who are new to our community. We also wish to thank the SIGIR executive committee for their thoughtful and responsive guidance throughout the process, and to express our appreciation to Ee-Peng Lim, who as Proceedings chair has brought our program together in a form that will make a lasting mark on our field. Finally, we all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Tat-Seng Chua and Mun Kew Leong, the conference General Chairs, for their visionary leadership and their adroit management to the myriad of details that have made this first Asian SIGIR conference possible! Syung Hyon Myaeng Douglas W. Oard Fabrizio Sebastiani
URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1390334&coll=Portal&dl=GUIDE&CFID=5421685&CFTOKEN=34564766
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