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First European Summer School in Information Retrieval


The first European Summer School in Information Retrieval is organised by the Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (GLIR) of the Italian Computer Society (AICA). This school was held from the 9th through the 12th July 1990 at the Auditorium dell'Istituto Pluricomprensivo, Bressanone (BZ), Italy.

A Summer School in Information Retrieval had been formerly organised by Nick Belkin and Maristella Agosti for an Italian Audience in July 1989 at the Department of Electronics and Informatics of the University of Padova, Italy. Since that school was an important and successful event, it was decided to organise a new Summer School in 1990, this time for an European audience.

The program for the 1990 School was shaped by Bruce Croft, Keith van Rijsbergen, Nick Belkin and Maristella Agosti. The aim of the Summer School was to introduce the attendants to the issues that must be addressed in designing information retrieval systems. This includes discussions of the current state-of-the-art in techniques for implementing these systems, and how systems can be evaluated and compared. Together with lecturers also discussants were invited to participate in the School to promote and co-ordinate discussion. In addition, the program consisted of demonstrations of systems and applications. Many thanks go to companies and people who have collaborated in organising and presenting systems and applications.

This Summer School benefited substantially from the collaboration of ACM-SIGIR and the co-operating organisations in Europe, and from the support of the University of Padova (Italy), ESA - European Space Agency, EEC - European Strategic Programme for Research and Developement in Information Technology (ESPRIT), and Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (Italy). Whithout their liberal help, the Summer School would not have been possible.

Finally, many thanks go to all lecturers and discussants for having accepted to take part in this event. Maria Grazia Baggi of AICA Secretariat deserves a vote of thanks for the help and support given to the organisation of the School. Special thanks to Bruce Croft, Keith van Rijsbergen, Nick Belkin for their continuous advice and support.

Maristella Agosti
Chairman of AICA/GLIR and Organizer of the Summer School


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