ESF Funds ELIAS Research Network Programme

The European Science Foundation has decided to fund the ELIAS (Evaluating Information Access Systems) Research Network Programme. Led by Maarten de Rijke and co-funded by 10+ national European science councils, ELIAS will define a new measurement paradigm for the evaluation of search engines based on so-called living laboratories. This paradigm involves (i) exploitation of novel market places and forums where large numbers of users are recruited into early stage evaluation experiments to test a particular aspect of an information access system; and (ii) using operational systems as experimental platforms on which to conduct user-based experiments at scale. ELIAS will be launched this spring and run for 5 years.