Apr 28, 2010
Are you looking for an introduction to a concept or practice in information retrieval - something shorter than a book, but longer than a Wikipedia entry? Two online monograph series--the Synthesis Lectures, and Foundations and Trends--provide handy 50- to 100-page overviews.
The monographs explore "topics pertaining to information science and applications of technology to information discovery, production, distribution, and management." Examples: Collaborative Web Search, by Meredith Ringel Morris and Jaime Teevan; Information Architecture, by Wei Ding and Xia Lin; Reading and Writing the Electronic Book, by Catherine C. Marshall; New Concepts in Digital Reference, by R. David Lankes. The series began in 2009 and is edited by Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina.
The monographs "give tutorial coverage of subjects, research retrospectives as well as survey papers that offer state-of-the-art reviews." Examples: Web Crawling, by Chris Olston and Marc Najork; Learning to Rank for Information Retrieval, by Tie-Yan Liu; Mining Query Logs: Turning Search Usage Data into Knowledge, by Fabrizio Silvestri. The series began in 2006 and is edited by Jamie Callan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.
To access all the UI's subscriptions to the Synthesis Lectures (32 series in information technology and engineering) and Foundations and Trends (19 series in business and technology), use the Online Research Resources database