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ISKO UK Meetup - Searching fast and slow: exploring alternatives approaches to search for knowledge workers by Tony Russell-Rose

  • 16 Feb 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom

 Searching fast and slow: exploring alternatives approaches to search 

for knowledge workers

In this Meetup, Dr Tony Russell-Rose considers knowledge workers such as information professionals, legal researchers and librarians as well as their requirements to create and execute search strategies that are comprehensive, transparent and reproducible.

The traditional solution is to use command-line query builders offered by proprietary database vendors. However, these are based on a paradigm that dates from the days when databases could be accessed only via text-based terminals and command-line syntax.

In this talk, Tony will explore alternative approaches based on a visual paradigm in which users express concepts as objects on an interactive canvas. This offers a more intuitive UX that eliminates error, makes the query semantics more transparent, and offers new ways to collaborate and share best practices.

Slides are available here


Tony Russell-Rose works at the interface between information retrieval research and user experience practice in navigating complex information environments. He is co-author of Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery (Morgan Kaufman 2013) a classic text that grounds the search user experience in how people actually go about information seeking, and how they navigate and make sense of information environments. Tony has over 20 years of experience in this domain, including as Manager of User Experience at search company Endeca, technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search and as R&D manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services.

Tony is currently Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Cognitive Computing at Essex University. He is also Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Most recently he is founder of 2Dsearch, a start-up applying AI, NLP and data visualisation to create the next generation of professional search tools, with applications in legal research, patent search, evidence synthesis and recruitment/sourcing.


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