The seventh ESAIR (Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Information Retrieval) workshop was successfully executed on November 7 2014 in the leafy Hengshan district of Shanghai on the last day of the CIKM 2014 conference. A full report will be, as usual, published shortly in SIGIR Forum. Keynote speakers were Peter Mika of Yahoo and Silviu-Petru Cucerzan, recounting their practical and industrial experiences with entity identification and disambiguation. Again, as we have noted from previous years, the theme of ESAIR echoed that of the main conferences, with several of the invited plenary keynotes bringing up entity identification as the current hot topic.
This year, after the lively poster session, Jaap Kamps organised a debate on pros and cons of structuring information, with participants assigned to two teams – pro-structure and con-structure – irrespective of their personal views and the debate held to a strictly constrained and timed format.
The workshop was concluded at a nearby hot pot restaurant with more expansive debates, in the style of previous years’ ESAIRs!