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LUXID platform wins SIIA CODiE Award

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.

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Stability of Influence in Online Community

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.

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Taking ROBUST to the Communities

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.

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Big Data Processing for Communities

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.

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ROBUST Paper Wins Best Paper Award at SocialCom

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.

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Presentation of ROBUST technology to End Users

"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.

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Smart Data Structures to Manage News Feeds in Social Networks

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.

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Event Panning in a Stream of Big Data

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.

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Two papers on Online Community Analysis accepted at Social Computing Conference 2012

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'.

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Tweet Cliques

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.

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TEMIS wins LT-Innovate Award

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.

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Insights about Fairness of Content Distribution in Online Communities

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.

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Publication on Scaling out Collaborative Filtering

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.

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TEMIS integration into Enterprise Content Management platform Alfresco

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.

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ROBUST Technology Helps to Experience the Volvo Ocean Race

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!

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Presentation of ROBUST at WWW 2012 in Lyon

The ROBUST consortium has sponsored the 21st World Wide Web conference in Lyon and used the occasion to present the project, its setting, latest results and show a first demo of the ROBUST platform. The World Wide Web conference is the major event in the field of research and developments in the context of the Web. It took place in Lyon from April 16th until April 20th and attracted nearly 2,000 visitors.

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TEMIS workshop on "Rule-based, Thesaurus-based or Machine Learning-based: Difference Approaches to Semantic Content Enrichment"

On May 8-10 2012, ROBUST partner TEMIS will participate at the Informare! conference in Berlin with a talk and a workshop from Stefan Geißler: "Rule-based, hesaurus-based or Machine Learning-based: Difference Approaches to Semantic Content Enrichment". The talk outlines analysis options of the processing engine which is part of the ROBUST VM and which is used to perform some of the text-based analysis tasks in the project. Find more information at the conference website.

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Harnessing Explicit Semantic Analysis to Detect Taxonomy Prevalence

In an attempt to improve its taxonomy overlays, Polecat has been investigating Explicit Semantic Analysis [1,2] – a suggestion from the University of Koblenz Landau. The original idea behind ESA is to allow a user to measure the semantic similarity between two documents.

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Publications on Cross Community Influence and Information Diffusion

Václav Belák, Samantha Lam and Conor Hayes from NUIG got two ROBUST-related publications accepted: 'Cross-Community Influence in Discussion Fora', to appear at ICWSM'12, proposes an extensible framework for scalable analysis of cross-community influence in discussion fora.

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Why Your Company Should be Interested in Social CRM

ROBUST partner Software Mind offers Customer Relationship Management products based on Social CRM strategy. Here are a couple of facts describing companies’ growing interest in a brand new channel of communication with customers, that is social media.

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