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Evaluating personal information retrieval

Kelly, Liadh and Bunbury, Paul and Jones, Gareth J.F. (2012) Evaluating personal information retrieval. In: 34th European Conference on Information Retrieval, 1-5 Apr 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

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Evaluation of personal search over an individual’s personal information space on the desktop or elsewhere is problematic for reasons relating both to the personal and private nature of the data and the associated personal information needs of collection owners. Indeed challenges associated with evaluation in this space are recognised as one of the key factors hindering the development of research in personal information retrieval. We present the “personal information retrieval evaluation (PIRE)” tool, which provides a solution to this evaluation problem using a ‘living laboratory’ approach. This tool allows for the evaluation of retrieval techniques using ‘real’ individuals’ personal collections, queries and result sets, in a cross-comparable repeatable way, while importantly maintaining an individual’s informational privacy.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Living lab; personal information retrieval evaluation
Subjects:Computer Science > Lifelog
Computer Science > Information retrieval
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Advances in Information Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7224. Springer Verlag.
Publisher:Springer Verlag
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Copyright Information:©2012 Springer-Verlag The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16883
Deposited On:11 Apr 2012 12:12 by Liadh Kelly. Last Modified 11 Apr 2012 12:12

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