ISKO UK - the UK Chapter of ISKO

International Society of Knowledge Organization

Promoting the theory and practice of organizing knowledge and information

In the 1950s Calvin Mooers defined information retrieval (IR) as- “Finding information whose location or very existence is a priori unknown”. Since then the field has advanced by leaps and bounds – from a great diversity of card storage systems, with search vocabularies deliberately kept as small as possible to make them manageable, to today’s search capabilities allowing rapid access to global resources unimaginably extensive. Where next? Since the Strix Award was instituted more than twenty years ago, the winners have demonstrated a variety of approaches, techniqes and achievements. Is it time to update Mooers’ definition?

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