European Summer School in Information Retrieval

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The European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) is a scientific event founded in 1990, which starts off a series of Summer Schools to provide high-quality teaching of information retrieval on advanced topics. ESSIR is typically a week-long event consisting of guest lectures and seminars from invited lecturers who are recognized experts in the field. The aim of ESSIR is to give to its participants a common ground in different aspects of Information Retrieval (IR). Maristella Agosti in 2008 stated that: "The term IR identifies the activities that a person – the user – has to conduct to choose, from a collection of documents, those that can be of interest to him to satisfy a specific and contingent information need."[1]

IR is a discipline with many facets and at the same time influences and is influenced by many other scientific disciplines. Indeed, IR ranges from computer science to information science and beyond; moreover, a large number of IR methods and techniques are adopted and absorbed by several technologies. The IR core methods and techniques are those for designing and developing IR systems, Web search engines, and tools for information storing and querying in Digital Libraries. IR core subjects are: system architectures, algorithms, formal theoretical models, and evaluation of the diverse systems and services that implement functionalities of storing and retrieving documents from multimedia document collections, and over wide area networks such as the Internet.

ESSIR aims to give a deep and authoritative insight of the core IR methods and subjects along these three dimensions and also for this reason it is intended for researchers starting out in IR, for industrialists who wish to know more about this increasingly important topic and for people working on topics related to management of information on the Internet.

Two books have been prepared as readings in IR from editions of ESSIR, the first one is Lectures on Information Retrieval,[2] the second one is Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval.[3]

ESSIR Editions[edit]

ESSIR series started in 1990 coming out from the successful experience of the Summer School in Information Retrieval (SSIR) conceived and designed by Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy and Nick Belkin, Rutgers University, U.S.A., for an Italian audience in 1989.

Edition Web Site Location Organiser(s)
14th ESSIR 2023 Vienna, Austria Allan Hanbury, Florina Piroi, and Andreas Rauber
13th ESSIR 2022 Lisbon, Portugal João Magalhães, Bruno Martins, and Pablo Castells
12th ESSIR 2019 Milan, Italy Maristella Agosti, Nicola Ferro, and Gabriella Pasi
11th ESSIR 2017 Barcelona, Spain Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Ana Freire
10th ESSIR 2015 Thessaloniki, Greece Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris, Symeon Papadopoulos, Theodora Tsikrika, and Stefanos Vrochidis
9th ESSIR 2013 Granada, Spain Juan M. Fernadez-Luna and Juan F. Huete
8th ESSIR 2011 Koblenz, Germany Sergej Sizov and Steffen Staab
7th ESSIR 2009 Padua, Italy Massimo Melucci and Ricardo Baeza-Yates
6th ESSIR 2007 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom Iadh Ounis and Keith van Rijsbergen
5th ESSIR 2005 Dublin, Ireland Alan Smeaton
4th ESSIR 2003 Aussois (Savoie), France Catherine Berrut and Yves Chiaramella
3rd ESSIR 2000 Varenna, Italy Maristella Agosti, Fabio Crestani, and Gabriella Pasi
2nd ESSIR 1995 Glasgow, United Kingdom Keith van Rijsbergen
1st ESSIR 1990 Brixen, Italy Maristella Agosti


  1. ^ Agosti, M.: "Information Access using the Guide of User Requirements". In: Information Access through Search Engines and Digital Libraries. Agosti, M. ed., Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1-12, (2008).
  2. ^ Agosti, M., Crestani, F. and Pasi, G. (Eds): "Lectures on Information Retrieval". Revised Lectures of Third European Summer-School, ESSIR 2000 Varenna, Italy, September 11–15, 2000. LNCS Vol. 1980, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2001.
  3. ^ Melucci, M., and Baeza-Yates, R. (Eds): "Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval". The Information Retrieval Series, Vol. 33, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.

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