The ROBUST project is in the focus of the current e-letter of the IEEE Special Technical Community on Social Networks. The project contributed four articles. Thomas Gottron, the technical coordinator of ROBUST, is guest editor of the e-letter. The e-letter features an overview article providing the background of the project, motivating the setting and describing the ROBUST approach to community management from a high-level view point. The pro-active risk-management is detailed in a second article by Bassem Nasser, Vegard Engen and Paul Walland, describing the risk detection and treatment methodology implemented in the project. One core component in the analysis of online communities is role and behaviour analysis, which is presented in more depth in a contribution by Matthew Rowe, Miriam Fernandez and Harith Alani. Finally, Marcel Karnstedt discusses scalable social analytics of large scale online communities as they in the focus of ROBUST. Altogether the e-letter provides a good insight and overview of the setting, methods and algorithms developed in the ROBUST project.
ROBUST has been accepted as one of thirteen projects to participate in the EU project networking event at ESWC 2013 in Montpellier. The event is an occasion to present results and outcome to other EU projects, EC officials and the attendees of ESWC in general.
The ROBUST project is co-organizing a workshop on Metrics, Analysis and Tools for Online Community Management (MAMA'13). The workshop will be held at the INFORMATIK 2013 conference in Koblenz, Germany. The INFORMATIK conference is the annual meeting of the German Informatics Society (GI e.V.) and will take place from September 16 to 20.
Collaboration between different stakeholders is becoming more and more important also in the domain of Semantics. Domain expertise may reside in one location, the knowledge about how to turn that into a production-ready software elsewhere and the real-world uses cases come from a third party. The Luxid Community (http://community.temis.com) brings these aspects together and provides a formal basis for the joint design and deployment of Semantic Annotation approaches. Interested individuals and organisations are warmly invited to join us on March 28 in our webinar.
ROBUST partner TEMIS went live this week with the Luxid® Community: The portal at http://community.temis.com gives access to information, documentation, best practices as well as readily available components for semantic annotation. Developers of text analytics components will get access to a network or peer experts and potential clients; users of the Luxid® platform can benefit from a growing range of existing annotation components.
ROBUST-partner TEMIS, leading provider of semantic content enrichment solutions, announced that its flagship Luxid® Content Enrichment Platform was named a winner for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards for "Best Semantic Technology Solution". Winners represent the information industry's best products, technologies, and services created by or for media, publishers, and information services providers.
While the factors indicating influence in online communities have been analysed in various approaches the question of the temporal dynamics of these factors was still open. In a recent publication, ROBUST researchers from the University of Koblenz have looked at how the influence is developing in emerging sub-communities on Twitter. An interesting observation is, that even within communities that have just recently formed around a newly emerging topic, the factors denoting influence are relatively stable. In particular the characteristics of an influential user remain stable, while the characteristics of the contents they publish are less constant.
A blog post on SCN presents the results of ROBUST and the benefits to the community in our business partner use case. The post describes the project's setting and aims and directly relates it to the SCN community by giving an overview of the PULSAR prototype.
ROBUST partner TU Berlin has published a press release presenting their current work on processing huge scale community data. For example, researches in Berlin were able to efficiently process a Social Network Graph comprised of 40 million users and 3 billion connections, verifying the linear scalability of the developed methods. Selected algorithms have also been contributed to the popular open source libraries Apache Mahout and Apache Giraph. They are now available to interested third parties under the business friendly Apache Software License.
The paper “Ignorance isn’t bliss: an empirical analysis of attention patterns in online communities” by Claudia Wagner, Matthew Rowe, Harith Alani and Markus Strohmaier has won the best paper award at this year’s SocialCom conference in Amsterdam. The paper investigates the idiosyncrasies that individual community forums exhibit in their attention patterns and how the factors that impact activity differ.
"From Information to Knowledge -- Gain Insights" was the title of a presentation given to the participants at a Siemens end user forum. Steffen Staab presented text mining techniques for user generated content. Key message is that various methods can be used to understand which topics are discussed where and with which sentiment. The result is a better and aggregated understanding of the vast amount of user generated content.
Providing streams of recent news items is a typical feature of social networking platforms. These streams of news items depend heavily on a user’s friendship network. Researches from the University of Koblenz have developed GRAPHITY, a smart and scalable indices for graph databases to allow for a fast retrieval of the most recent news items. A detailed presentation of the GRAPHITY index and a thorough evaluation on large scale datasets will be presented at the SocialCom conference 2012 in Amsterdam.
Researchers from DERI, NUIG got the paper "Event Panning in a Stream of Big Data" accepted for the workshop on Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining, and Machine Learning (KDML) 2012. The work summarises the efforts, lessons learned and open challenges with the mobile application that the team created for the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 in Galway. We are looking forward to an interesting and fruitful discussion at the workshop.
Two papers on Community Analysis authored by Matthew Rowe and Harith Alani from the Knowledge Media Institute have been accepted at the Social Computing Conference 2012: one titled 'What makes Communities Tick? Community Health Analysis using Role Compositions', and a second titled 'Ignorance isn't Bliss: An Empirical Analysis of Attention Patterns in Online Communities'.
After more than three months of hard work, the NUIG team is proud to announce it's first version of Tweet Cliques (code name: Whassappi). This is a small but smart app that tells you what’s up and hot around the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 on Twitter. Behind the scenes we use a smart mix of network analysis, topic monitoring, social ranking and real-time processing – all in order to create a new experience in an intuitive and easy-to-use mobile interface.
Around 100 Language Technology (LT) companies assembled on June 19 in Brussels to discuss trends, needs and opportunities for LT in Europe. The event was also the occasion to present the LT-Innovate Award to particularly innovative companies in that sector. Following a presentation of the respective approaches and companies and their assessment by a professional jury, TEMIS was among the winners of the LT-Innovate Award 2012. The TEMIS presentation had focused on the kinds of cooperation scenario around the Luxid platform that was also the subject of the first TEMIS webinar for the ROBUST project.
Results of the ROBUST team about the fairness of the distribution of content in business and Web communities will be presented at the Web Science Conference 2012 in Evanston, IL. Jérôme Kunegis and Julia Preusse from the ROBUST partner at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany have studied over thirty network datasets from online and business communities and evaluated different measures of the fairness of the distribution of content.
Sebastian Schelter, Christoph Boden and Volker Markl from TU Berlin got a ROBUST-related publication accepted: 'Scalable Similarity-Based Neighborhood Methods with MapReduce', to appear at ACM Recommender Systems 2012, describes how to scale out classical 'Amazon-style' item-based recommendation on a MapReduce cluster.
Users of the Alfresco software now have additional options for the semantic processing of their content via TEMIS Luxid. Alfresco is a popular platform for the management of different types of content, among them also Business Online Communities as they are investigated in ROBUST. The automatic creation of metadata, the indexing according to topic thesauri or semantic support to navigation and browsing are facilitated by this integration of TEMIS into Alfresco.
Together with other researchers, the ROBUST team at NUIG started to work on a demo application for the Volvo Ocean Race, which will finish it's final leg in June in Galway, Ireland. The application will leverage ROBUST technology to combine real-time network analysis on social media streams with a neat handheld user interface to improve visitor experience. It will showcase the market potential of ROBUST technology and act as a basis for further developments of advanced analytical services. Stay tuned and plan your trip to Galway!