News

2 open student positions

  • CategoryTeam
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date11 jan 2019

We offer two open positions for student assistants! Please check the (German)  job postings for more details. Apply with a short CV and a current list of your grades. The two positions are related to the  STELLA project and the  Smart Harvesting II project.


Welcome, Timo!

  • CategoryTeam
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date02 jan 2019

We would like to welcome our new colleague  Timo Breuer who joined us yesterday. He is going to work in the  STELLA project and will develop an living lab platform for search systems. Welcome on board Timo!


New Project: STELLA

  • CategoryProjects
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date02 aug 2018

We are happy to annouce that DFG - German Research Foundation has accepted our grant application for the  STELLA project (Infrastructure for Living Labs). Together with our partner of GESIS and ZB MED we will build up a new evaluation environment for retrieval and recommender systems. These online evaluation will will differ considerably from classical TREC studies and will enable researchers to use an evaluation method that was previously reserved only for industrial research.

Welcome, Malte!

  • CategoryTeam
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date29 jul 2018

We would like to welcome our new colleague  Malte Bonart who joined us last week. He is going to work in the  Esupol project and will research the influence of search engines on political opinion formation.


Smart Harvesting II presentation and Hands-on Lab on 107th German Librarian's Day

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorWegner
  • Date20 jun 2018

Mandy Neumann introduced the DFG-funded  Smart Harvesting II project to the attendants of the  107th German Librarian's Day in Berlin. For this purpose she gave a  presentation that included an overall view of the project, its objectives, the work packages already completed, and an outlook on future work. In addition Mandy Neumann and Christopher Michels from the University of Trier led a  Hands-on Lab, in which the participants were introduced to OXPath on the basis of a concrete example and enabled to design their own expressions for their specific application cases.


Mandy Neumann participated in the JCDL 2018

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorWegner
  • Date12 jun 2018

From 3rd to 6th June  Mandy Neumann participated in the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2018) in Fort Worth, TX, USA. You can find our paper  Prioritizing and Scheduling Conferences for Metadata Harvesting in dblp besides all other accepted papers on  2018.jcdl.org now. Also have a look at the  presentation that was held.


Paper accepted for JCDL 2018 available at the ArXiv

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date25 apr 2018

We are happy to announce that our paper we wrote together with Christopher and Ralf from dblp on “ Prioritizing and Scheduling Conferences for Metadata Harvesting in dblp” was accepted the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2018). As usual we deposited a  preprint of the paper at arXiv.org.


Poster presentation at ID@NRW 2018

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorNeumann
  • Date01 feb 2018

 Mandy Neumann will present her PhD proposal related to the  Smart Harvesting II project at the conference  Innovationstag Digitalisierung NRW 2018 at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln on 1st of March 2018. The main goal of the ID@NRW 2018 is to provide a forum for PhD students and scientists from the Graduate Institute NRW to discuss their research projects.


New Project: PRIOR - PRepublicatIOn Radar

  • CategoryProjects
  • AuthorNeumann
  • Date19 dec 2017

We are pleased to announce that the  Google Digital News Initiative has approved funding for a prototype project we will carry out in collaboration with the  SMC Lab. PRIOR, the PRepublicatIOn Radar, will be an integrated tool for science journalists to keep up to date with the latest scientific research, enabling them to detect and filter potentially interesting studies in a diverse set of scientific journals. Find out more about PRIOR on our  project page.

New Project: ESUPOL - The Influence for Web Search Engines on Political Opinion Formations

  • CategoryProjects
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date08 dec 2017

The  Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia has approved funding for a state-wide graduate institute on  Digital Societies. Philipp Schaer (Professor for Information Retrieval at TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences) and  Sven-Oliver Proksch (Cologne Center for Comparative Politics) will conduct an interdisciplinary project on the influence of search engines on political opinion formation. The project will collect large amounts of web data from various search engines and analyze them using natural language processing and investigate the effects on opinion formation using laboratory experiments.

Publication in Code4Lib Journal Vol. 38

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorNeumann
  • Date19 oct 2017

We got an article published in the Code4Lib Journal (Issue 38): “ Web-Scraping for Non-Programmers: Introducing OXPath for Digital Library Metadata Harvesting”. Thanks to our co-author Jan Steinberg from GESIS! For a full list of publications check our group’s  publication list.


Posters at Conferences

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorNeumann
  • Date17 oct 2017

We have recently presented our work in Smart Harvesting II with posters at the CLEF 2017 conference and the DINI Jahrestagung 2017. The posters are now available online. You can find the CLEF poster  here and the DINI poster  here.


Publication at CLEF 2017

  • CategoryPublications
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date31 jul 2017

Our paper on “ Enriching Existing Test Collections with OXPath” was accepted for the Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF 2017) in Dublin. A  preprint of the paper is available at arXiv.org. For a full list of publications check our group’s  publication list.


New interview in Inside out magazine

  • CategoryPress
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date03 may 2017

In the latest issue of TH Köln’s   an interview with Prof. Schaer about his work on long tail web search is featured.


Welcome, Mandy!

  • CategoryTeam
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date01 feb 2017

We would like to welcome our new colleague  Mandy Neumann who joined us last week. She is going to work in the Smart Harvesting II project.


New Project: Smart Harvesting II

  • CategoryProjects
  • AuthorSchaer
  • Date01 jan 2017

Within the  Smart Harvesting project we would like to develop a ‘smart’ set of tools and workflows to allow non-programmers to build a rich set of web scrapers to build online bibliographies out of freely available web resources.