Research Projects

  • Abstracting Domain-Specific Information Retrieval and Evaluation (ADmIRE)

    It aims to solving domain-specific search problems by developing a framework and methodology for creating a search solution for any domain-specific scenario.

    ADmIRE LogoInformation Retrieval on the World Wide Web functions very effectively and efficiently. These search tools are specifically designed as multi-purpose tools, applicable in as wide an array of situations as possible. Nevertheless, all information is not equal. There are areas for which these tools are conceived too broadly to be useful: health or biomedical information, intellectual property information, social science publications,blogs, press photographs, etc.

    A search in one of these domains is called a domain-specific search. Such a search is specific in terms of the collection of documents indexed, search refinements arising from the domain characteristics, domain coverage specificity, types of multimodal data (e.g. images, chemical formulae) present in the documents, and the end users and their tasks.

    Project's contribution

    ADmIRE will contribute to the following areas of IR:

    Domain-specific IR methodologies
    We will develop a framework consisting of a classification scheme for domain-specific problems and a protocol giving the optimal evidence-based approach to solving the problem based on the characterisation.
    IR evaluation
    ADmIRE will develop guidelines for future IR evaluation campaigns and publications to allow easier and more effective use of the evaluation results to guide decisions in domain-specific search system design, and develop a framework for component-based evaluation based on the workflow paradigm.