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"Karen Spärck Jones is one of the major figures of 20th century and early 21st century computing and information processing. … This book celebrates the life and work of Karen Spärck Jones in her seventieth year. It consists of fifteen new and original chapters written by leading international authorities reviewing the state of the art and her influence in the areas in which Karen Spärck Jones has been active." (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1067, 2005)