SIGIR 2012 Workshop on

Open Source Information Retrieval

16 August 2012
Workshop Homepage Proceedings Call for Participation Organizers


The open source IR community has been strong for many years. Early search engines (such as MG) continue to be used in larger open source projects (such as Greenstone). More recent open source search engines (such as Apache Lucene) are used to power the search facilities of some of the largest technology companies (such as IBM, AOL, and Apple). In the academic community, such search engines are routinely used to test ranking functions, compression algorithms, user interfaces, and so on. Open Source IR is now an essential component of research and commerce. This workshop is providing a venue for users and authors of open source IR tools to get together and discuss their joint future.

Research papers, position papers, posters on open source IR as well as demos of exciting packages are sought. Topics include, but are not limited to: Software Engineering; Hardware Engineering; Evaluation; Needs, Desires, and Demos; Protocols. Participants are encouraged to demonstrate and discuss their software during the demo session.

Of particular interest is how to work together to build OpenSearchLab, an open source, live and functioning, online web search engine for research purposes. We believe that the tools to build OpenSearchLab mostly exist and by working together we can build it and transform the future of research in IR.


Proceedings of the SIGIR 2012 Workshop on Open Source Information Retrieval published online (20 August 2012)
What a great SIGIR and workshop - thanks everyone (20 August 2012)
List of Demos published (8 August 2012)
Deadline for Demos extended to 6 August 2012 (25 July 2012)
List of Papers and Posters published (23 July 2012)
Titles and abstracts of Keynotes published (12 July 2012)
Program Committee Announced (15 June 2012)
Jamie Callan (Carnegie Mellon University) to give keynote (12 June 2012)
Grant Ingersoll (Lucene) to give keynote (28 May 2012)
Workshop proposal accepted by ACM SIGIR 2012 (1 May 2012)


The workshop was part of SIGIR 2012 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Schedule of Important Dates

July 2, 2012Deadline for Paper, and Poster Submissions
 Prepare your PDF using the ACM format
8 page full papers, 4 page posters
Submit online using EasyChair OSIR 2012 Site
July 23, 2012Notification of Acceptance
July 30, 2012Deadline for Camera Ready Copies
August 6, 2012Deadline for 2-Paragraph Demo Abstracts
 Submit a one-paragraph description and a one-paragraph resource requirements
using on the EasyChair OSIR 2012 Site
August 8, 2012Notification of Demo Acceptance
August 16, 2012SIGIR 2012 Workshop on Open Source Information Retrieval


This workshop will be held as part of the 35th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval, Portland, Oregon, USA; August 12-16, 2012. Information on Portland can be found in the Wikipedia.

Parts of this web site were taken from previous web sites including the SIGIR 2008 Workshop on Focused Retrieval, and the 2012 Australasian Document Computing Symposium