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A small selection of press articles and papers to which the Seme4 partners and senior management team have contributed.

Wendy Hall interviewed in CNET

13 December 2014

Professor Dame Wendy Hall discusses the past, present and future of Web Science, data observatories, Open Data and Social Machines in an interview with Aloysius Low of CNET.

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Improving on Popularity as a Proxy for Generality When Building Tag Hierarchies from Folksonomies

30 November 2014

Designing and building taxonomies (structures for the identification, classification and description of items) for the Web is time consuming and costly. “Folksonomies”, which are created by the website users themselves, have emerged, however, they can be ambiguous and can have an inconsistent structure. This research paper by Fahad Almoqhim, David E. Millard and Nigel Shadbolt, suggests an improved method (based on the Heymann-Benz algorithm).

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Motivations of Citizen Scientists – A Quantitative Investigation of Forum Participation

12 October 2014

A research paper by Ramine Tinati, Markus Luczak-Roesch, Elena Simperl and Nigel Shadbolt, describing an analysis of the citizen science discussion forum Galaxy Zoo. Citizen science is a term which describes the enabling of citizens to participate in research using their own personal equipment. The study investigates the characteristics of people who participate in citizen science and the factors that affect participation.

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"Web pioneer Dame Wendy Hall on the future of the internet"

04 October 2014

Wendy Hall interviewed in the Life and Arts section of the FT. She discusses the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science, personal data, cyber crime and women in IT.

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Collective Intelligence in Citizen Science – A Study of Performers and Talkers

14 September 2014

A paper by Ramine Tinati, Max Van Kleek, Elena Simperl, Markus Luczak-Roesch and Nigel Shadbolt, on online citizen science projects, in which volunteers help solve problems in a wide range of scientific areas using their own I.T.

The authors describe a research project to examine whether the volunteers’ participation in online discussion forums influences the likelihood of a solution being found to the problem.

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