Saving and Accessing the Old IR Literature

SIGIR presents the first results of a project to digitize the older literature in the information retrieval field. So far 14 of the old reports, such as the Cranfield reports and the SMART reports have been scanned, along with Karen Sparck Jones’s Information Retrieval Experiment book. The PDF versions of these are available from the SIGIR Digital Museum of Information Retrieval Research, that provides room for exhibits of historic interest, and allows searching of the material using the PF/Tijah XML search system. The complete library is available for download on request. Requests can be directed to the SIGIR Information Director by sending an email to

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