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Arno Scharl New Media Watch Release to Track Copenhagen Coverage
Dear Colleagues,
The upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen has sparked the interest of blog authors, news media, environmental organizations and the corporate sector alike. Given the resulting flood of comments, position statements and articles, it is becoming increasingly difficult for observers to obtain an unbiased and transparent overview of the perceptions and opinions of the various stakeholder groups.
Released just-in-time for Copenhagen, the latest edition of our "Media Watch on Climate Change" addresses this problem. To track and visualize the main topics of the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen, the portal processes and filters hundred thousands of Web documents. The visual information exploration and retrieval interface includes geographic displays, domain ontologies, tag clouds, maps of document clusters (see attached screenshot), and information retrieval agents suggesting documents about similar topics and nearby locations.
The new release of the Web portal features an increased update frequency (four times a day), a higher precision in identifying relevant material, improved performance of the underlying semantic search algorithms, the real-time visualization of semantic associations between popular terms as well as automated summaries of all documents contained in the knowledge base.
A user manual is available in PDF format and contains a detailed description of the portal's search functionality, trend charts and visual exploration features.
I look forward to your feedback and hope that the new Web portal will serve as a valuable resource for tracking COP15 coverage over the next two weeks.
Best regards, Arno
Prof. DDr. Arno Scharl
Vice President
MODUL University Vienna
Department of New Media Technology
Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Nur für XING Mitglieder sichtbar Feedback - Stockholm workshop
Hi all,
just wanted to jot down some thoughts I had on Monday's workshop in Stockholm...
First of all I'd like to thank all the organizers for their hard work, it was a really great event and I enjoyed meeting so many interesting people and hearing about their various projects! :-)
As always there are of course things that can be improved in the future. One thing that I personally would have liked to see is a very short round of introductions at the beginning of the workshop. Literally just 3 sentences from every participant on who s/he is, which organization s/he is associated with and what s/he is working on. Of course we had been informed about people and topics before the event but it's always good to be able to put faces to names and whatnot, especially considering the last minute changes as some people weren't able to attend.
While it was really great to hear so many presentations I would have also enjoyed an extra time-slot or two for discussions among the whole group or a third time-slot for discussions in the breakout groups.
In terms of the schedule I thought that the late afternoon was quite rough since a lot of presentations took place without so much as a 10min or 15min coffee break.
That's about all I can think of at the moment...


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