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Living Labs are real-life test and experimentation environments in which users and producers are brought together to develop, validate and test novel techniques and approaches. Primarily set up to observe users interacting with technology in a real-life context, they are an interesting methodology to push forward user-centric research. In this talk, I will make a case for the introduction of a living lab to promote research on interactive information retrieval. Moreover, I will introduce CLEF NewsReel, a living lab where participants are invited to evaluate news recommendation techniques in real-time by providing news recommendations to actual users that visit commercial news portals to satisfy their information needs.
Presented on June 6, 2014 at Living Labs Challenge workshop (http://living-labs.net/llc/) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.