Attending one of these search engine or information industry conferences is a great way to immerse yourself in knowledge and hobnob with some of the savviest people working in the web search arena.
If you're considering attending a conference, the list below provides a wide range of options and formats. Each of these conferences offers lots of information about searching and search engines. Some, like the Search Engine Strategies conference, focus primarily on marketing issues and the technical operations of search services.
Others, like Web Search University, are highly immersive learning events, designed to teach you how to improve your searching skills. Each of the others offer unique sessions, speakers and events, and I find them all invaluable events for both information and camaraderie. I'm always pleasantly surprised by how much I learn at these conferences from the wide range of experts giving talks.
Both Danny Sullivan and I speak at many of these conferences, and I've indicated which ones are currently on our calendars. If you decide to attend one that we're at, please stop by after one of our sessions and say hello.
* Search Related Conferences
Search Engine Strategies
Produced by Search Engine Watch, the highly popular Search Engine Strategies conferences are must-attend events for anyone who wishes to learn about search engine marketing and promotion. The conferences feature experts in search engine marketing issues, as well as speakers from the major search engines themselves. Both Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman speak and moderate panels at the conferences. Visit the Search Engine Strategies web site to see conference agendas and information. Upcoming 2002 conferences:
Munich, Germany, Oct. 17-18, 2002
Dallas, TX, Dec. 11-12, 2002
Web Search University
Various Dates -- 2002
Focuses on tips and techniques for better web searching. Chris Sherman is a Web Search University faculty member, and Danny Sullivan will be speaking at the event in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 2002.
London, Oct. 12, 2002
This is a gathering of internet marketers wishing to discuss search engine optimization in an informal setting. Backed by members of WebmasterWorld.com, there's a minor US $69 registration fee. Danny Sullivan will be attending this event.
Internet Librarian 2002
Palm Springs, California, Nov. 4-6, 2002
This conference always features a number of sessions dealing with research and searching the web. Danny Sullivan will be delivering a keynote address at this event, and Chris Sherman will be speaking and conducting both pre- and post-conference workshops.
Online Information 2002
London, Dec. 3-5, 2002
The Online Information 2002 conference is a very large conference, catering to an international audience of information managers and information professionals. Chris Sherman will be speaking at this conference.
Information Online Conference and Exhibition
Sydney, Australia, January 21-23, 2003
Information Online 2003 is the largest conference and exhibition for the online information industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Chris Sherman will be presenting the keynote address at this conference.
Computers in Libraries 2003
Washington, D.C., March 12-14, 2003
Computers in Libraries is a conference for librarians and information professionals who need to know about the latest technologies, equipment, software, and services available. Chris Sherman will be speaking and conducting a post-conference workshop at this event.
Internet Librarian International 2002
London, Mar. 17–19 2003
The U.K. edition of the conference. Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman are both tentatively scheduled to speak at this conference.
Infonortics Search Engines Meeting
Boston, Apr. 7-8, 2003
Infonortics hosts annual conferences about search engine technology in April of each year, featuring speakers on search engines and search technology.
New York, May 13-15, 2003 (tentative dates)
A large conference featuring three core conferences for information professionals and knowledge managers, including National Online Meeting, KnowledgeNets, E-Libraries.
* Other Lists of Related Conferences
Current and Upcoming Events in the Library and Information Fields
Maintained by Information Today, sponsor of several of the above conferences.
Search, Information Retrieval and Related Conferences
Conferences about searching, site design, web site user experience, information retrieval and other related topics, compiled by SearchTools guru Avi Rappoport.
Conferences and Workshops Related to the Free Online Scholarship Movement
An extensive list of conferences related to the free online scholarship (FOS) movement, including many searching and information retrieval events, compiled by Peter Suber, professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.
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