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Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services

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Editor
Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services publishes short books on topics pertaining to information science and applications of technology to information discovery, production, distribution, and management. Potential topics include: data models, indexing theory and algorithms, classification, information architecture, information economics, privacy and identity, scholarly communication, bibliometrics and webometrics, personal information management, human information behavior, digital libraries, archives and preservation, cultural informatics, information retrieval evaluation, data fusion, relevance feedback, recommendation systems, question answering, natural language processing for retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, multilingual retrieval, and exploratory search.

Series ISSN: 1947-945X (print) 1947-9468 (electronic)

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Lectures available online

  What is RSS?
Third Space, Information Sharing, and Participatory Design No Access
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June 2021
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Task Intelligence for Search and Recommendation No Access
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June 2021
Abstract | PDF (5798 KB) | PDF Plus (2833 KB) 
Trustworthy Communications and Complete Genealogies: Unifying Ancestries for a Genealogical History of the Modern World No Access
February 2021
Abstract | PDF (1207 KB) | PDF Plus (1208 KB) 
Word Association Thematic Analysis: A Social Media Text Exploration Strategy No Access
January 2021
Abstract | PDF (9048 KB) | PDF Plus (3035 KB) 
Simulating Information Retrieval Test Collections No Access
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September 2020
Abstract | PDF (17776 KB) | PDF Plus (4766 KB) 
Automatic Disambiguation of Author Names in Bibliographic Repositories No Access
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May 2020
Abstract | PDF (4308 KB) | PDF Plus (2533 KB) 
Compatibility Modeling: Data and Knowledge Applications for Clothing Matching No Access
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October 2019
Abstract | PDF (41320 KB) | PDF Plus (6438 KB) 
Interactive IR User Study Design, Evaluation, and Reporting No Access
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June 2019
Abstract | PDF (1293 KB) | PDF Plus (912 KB) 
The Practice of Crowdsourcing No Access
May 2019
Abstract | PDF (7416 KB) | PDF Plus (2947 KB) 
Predicting Information Retrieval Performance No Access
December 2018
Abstract | PDF (755 KB) | PDF Plus (756 KB) 
Framing Privacy in Digital Collections with Ethical Decision Making No Access
August 2018
Abstract | PDF (4472 KB) | PDF Plus (1064 KB) 
Mobile Search Behaviors: An In-depth Analysis Based on Contexts, APPs, and Devices No Access
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March 2018
Abstract | PDF (4879 KB) | PDF Plus (4880 KB) 
Images in Social Media: Categorization and Organization of Images and Their Collections No Access
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February 2018
Abstract | PDF (6948 KB) | PDF Plus (2380 KB) 
Exploring Context in Information Behavior: Seeker, Situation, Surroundings, and Shared Identities No Access
December 2017
Abstract | PDF (8573 KB) | PDF Plus (4089 KB) 
Researching Serendipity in Digital Information Environments No Access
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September 2017
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Social Monitoring for Public Health No Access
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August 2017
Abstract | PDF (1763 KB) | PDF Plus (2231 KB) 
Digital Libraries for Cultural Heritage: Development, Outcomes, and Challenges from European Perspectives No Access
June 2017
Abstract | PDF (5602 KB) | PDF Plus (2327 KB) 
Information Architecture: The Design and Integration of Information Spaces, Second Edition No Access
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February 2017
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Fuzzy Information Retrieval No Access
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January 2017
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Quantifying Research Integrity No Access
December 2016
Abstract | PDF (1487 KB) | PDF Plus (1030 KB) 
Incidental Exposure to Online News No Access
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December 2016
Abstract | PDF (1307 KB) | PDF Plus (858 KB) 
Web Indicators for Research Evaluation: A Practical Guide No Access
October 2016
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Trustworthy Policies for Distributed Repositories No Access
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September 2016
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The Notion of Relevance in Information Science: Everybody knows what relevance is. But, what is it really? No Access
September 2016
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Dynamic Information Retrieval Modeling No Access
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September 2016
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Learning from Multiple Social Networks No Access
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April 2016
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Scholarly Collaboration on the Academic Social Web No Access
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February 2016
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Scalability Challenges in Web Search Engines No Access
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December 2015
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On the Efficient Determination of Most Near Neighbors: Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, Web Search and Other Situations When Close Is Close Enough, Second Edition No Access
September 2015
Abstract | PDF (890 KB) | PDF Plus (696 KB) 
Building a Better World with Our Information: The Future of Personal Information Management, Part 3 No Access
August 2015
Abstract | PDF (2133 KB) | PDF Plus (1689 KB) 
Information Communication No Access
July 2015
Abstract | PDF (5154 KB) | PDF Plus (3448 KB) 
Social Media and Library Services No Access
March 2015
Abstract | PDF (1300 KB) | PDF Plus (733 KB) | Supplementary Material 
Analysis and Visualization of Citation Networks No Access
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February 2015
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The Taxobook: Applications, Implementation, and Integration in Search: Part 3 of a 3-Part Series No Access
November 2014
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The Taxobook: Principles and Practices of Building Taxonomies, Part 2 of a 3-Part Series No Access
November 2014
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The Taxobook: History, Theories, and Concepts of Knowledge Organization, Part 1 of a 3-Part Series No Access
October 2014
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Children’s Internet Search: Using Roles to Understand Children’s Search Behavior No Access
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September 2014
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Digital Library Technologies: Complex Objects, Annotation, Ontologies, Classification, Extraction, and Security No Access
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March 2014
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Digital Libraries Applications: CBIR, Education, Social Networks, eScience/Simulation, and GIS No Access
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March 2014
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Multiculturalism and Information and Communication Technology No Access
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November 2013
Abstract | PDF (1435 KB) | PDF Plus (880 KB) | Supplementary Material 
Transforming Technologies to Manage Our Information: The Future of Personal Information Management, Part II No Access
October 2013
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Information Retrieval Models: Foundations and Relationships No Access
July 2013
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Key Issues Regarding Digital Libraries: Evaluation and Integration No Access
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February 2013
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Visual Information Retrieval using Java and LIRE No Access
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January 2013
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On the Efficient Determination of Most Near Neighbors: Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, Web Search and Other Situations When Close is Close Enough No Access
November 2012
Abstract | PDF (1420 KB) | PDF Plus (974 KB) 
The Answer Machine No Access
September 2012
Abstract | PDF (3511 KB) | PDF Plus (2643 KB) 
Theoretical Foundations for Digital Libraries: The 5S (Societies, Scenarios, Spaces, Structures, Streams) Approach No Access
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July 2012
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The Future of Personal Information Management, Part I: Our Information, Always and Forever No Access
March 2012
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Search User Interface Design No Access
November 2011
Abstract | PDF (8355 KB) | PDF Plus (4314 KB) 
Information Retrieval Evaluation No Access
May 2011
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Knowledge Management (KM) Processes in Organizations: Theoretical Foundations and Practice No Access
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January 2011
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Search-Based Applications: At the Confluence of Search and Database Technologies No Access
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2010
Abstract | PDF (5687 KB) | PDF Plus (6629 KB) 
Information Concepts: From Books to Cyberspace Identities No Access
2010
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Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval No Access
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2010
Abstract | PDF (959 KB) | PDF Plus (781 KB) 
Collaborative Web Search: Who, What, Where, When, and Why No Access
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2009
Abstract | PDF (4295 KB) | PDF Plus (2314 KB) 
Multimedia Information Retrieval No Access
2009
Abstract | PDF (4912 KB) | PDF Plus (3662 KB) 
Information Architecture: The Design and Integration of Information Spaces No Access
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2009
Abstract | PDF (2692 KB) | PDF Plus (2198 KB) 
Reading and Writing the Electronic Book No Access
2009
Abstract | PDF (11619 KB) | PDF Plus (2626 KB) 
Hypermedia Genes: An Evolutionary Perspective on Concepts, Models, and Architectures No Access
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2009
Abstract | PDF (1533 KB) | PDF Plus (891 KB) 
Understanding User-Web Interactions via Web Analytics No Access
2009
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Introduction to Webometrics: Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences No Access
2009
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Exploratory Search: Beyond the Query-Response Paradigm No Access
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2009
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New Concepts in Digital Reference No Access
2009
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Automated Metadata in Multimedia Information Systems: Creation, Refinement, Use in Surrogates, and Evaluation No Access
2009
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Lectures under development

Anecdata and Proximity
Laurie Bonnici and Brian O'Connor

The Answer Machine, Second Edition
Susan Feldman

Automatic Methods for Disambiguating Author Names in Bibliographic Data Repositories
Anderson Ferreira, Marcos Andre Goncalves, and Alberto Laender
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Universidade Federal de Minas Geraisand Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Axiomatic Analysis and Optimization of Information Retrieval Models

Hui Fang and ChengXiang Zhai
University of Delaware and University of Illinois UC

Bridging Academic and Applied UX Research  
Rong Tang and Graham Herrli
Simmons University and Common Sense Media

The Cluster Hypothesis in Information Retrieval
Oren Kurland
Technion University, Israel

Designing Embodied Human-Data Interaction for Information Learning
Francesco Cafaro and Jessica Roberts

Information Retrival Paradigms: Keith bon Rijsbergen
Paul Thompson

Keywords In and Out of Context
Betsy V. Martens
University of Oklahoma

Revisiting the Foundations of Information Retrieval
Paul Kantor
Rutgers University

Statistical Significance Testing in Information Retrieval: Theory and Practice
Ben Carterette
University of Delaware

Third Space, Information Interaction, and Participatory Design
Preben Hansen, Ina Fourie, and Anika Meyer

User-Centred Evaluation: From Interactive Information Retrieval to Human Information Interaction
Elaine Toms
University of Sheffield

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