Report on the 1st International Workshop on Recent Trends in News Information Retrieval (NewsIR16)

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Martinez, Miguel ; Kruschwitz, Udo ; Kazai, Gabriella ; Hopfgartner, Frank ; Corney, David ; Campos, Ricardo ; Albakour, Dyaa (2016)
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The news industry has gone through seismic shifts in the past decade with digital content\ud and social media completely redefining how people consume news. Readers check for accurate\ud fresh news from multiple sources throughout the day using dedicated apps or social media\ud on their smartphones and tablets. At the same time, news publishers rely more and more on\ud social networks and citizen journalism as a frontline to breaking news. In this new era of fast-\ud flowing instant news delivery and consumption, publishers and aggregators have to overcome\ud a great number of challenges. These include the verification or assessment of a source’s\ud reliability; the integration of news with other sources of information; real-time processing of\ud both news content and social streams in multiple languages, in different formats and in high\ud volumes; deduplication; entity detection and disambiguation; automatic summarization; and\ud news recommendation. Although Information Retrieval (IR) applied to news has been a\ud popular research area for decades, fresh approaches are needed due to the changing type and\ud volume of media content available and the way people consume this content. Hence, the\ud first international workshop on recent trends in News Information Retrieval (NewsIR) was\ud held in conjunction with ECIR 2016. As part of the workshop, we released a new dataset\ud consisting of one million news articles to the research community. The workshop was very well attended with around 70 registered participants. We received a healthy number of 19\ud submissions in total of which 12 were accepted for presentation. In addition to that, we were\ud pleased to have two keynote talks by well-known experts in the field - on with an industry\ud background (Jochen Leidner) and one from academia (Julio Gonzalo). The workshop also\ud included a breakout session to discuss ideas for a future data challenge in news IR and closed\ud with a focused panel discussion to reflect on the day. Throughout the day the workshop\ud stimulated discussions around new and powerful uses of IR applied to news sources and the\ud intersection of multiple IR tasks to solve real user problems. In particular, several ideas were\ud presented on solving complex information needs for media monitoring, event detection and\ud summarisation. Moreover, and going forward, the workshop concluded with a long list of\ud suggestions for shared tasks, and dataset requirements.
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