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London, UK. 10 January 2007
Information Retrieval (IR) is a research area that has generated a great deal of interest recently, largely due to the growth in Internet use. Many different problems that have arisen during this time have been solved by means of the devotion and efforts of thousand of researchers around the world.
These new advances are spread following the usual scientific channels: journals, conferences, forums, workshops and books. Therefore, researchers are kept abreast of new developments in the field.
Today, all this knowledge has had a significant impact in both personal and business use where it is common the presence, explicit or implicit, of IR tools. Therefore, it is very important that both undergraduate and postgraduate students understand the basis of this discipline, not just to conduct research, but also as a way of learning how search engines work.
IR is a useful subject with which to reinforce the knowledge acquired in other subjects, such as programming, algorithms and data structures, user interface design etc. Also, postgraduate students who carry out research in this area require knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the subject, as they may be building new solutions on top of them.
Therefore as important as research is to IR, one way to improve the profile of the subject is to create a common space where IR lecturers and researchers can share their experiences and opinions in the field of IR teaching at any of the educational levels (from primary to postgraduate). The aim of the workshop is to provide this common space.