A paper by Markus Luczak-Rösch, Ramine Tinati, Kieron O’Hara and Nigel Shadbolt on “Socio-technical Computation:” collaborative problem solving through information sharing. The authors pose the question: Can the accumulated information propagation behaviour on the Web be conceived as a giant machine, and reasoned about accordingly?
Links to papers, talks and other publications in the media, highlighting the academic research and thought leadership undertaken by Seme4 founders and staff
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt in the Guardian on AI (Artificial Intelligence). He discusses the benefits, dangers and ethics of AI. The future and the responsibilities of researchers in the field of AI are also discussed.
A paper by Nigel Shadbolt and Paul Smart (a chapter in the book “Evaluation of Human Work” edited by J. R. Wilson and S. Sharples, 4th edition), discussing knowledge elicitation (techniques for obtaining knowledge from an expert) for knowledge intensive systems.
A paper by Markus Luczak-Roesch, Ramine Tinati, Elena Simperl, Max Van Kleek, Nigel Shadbolt and Robert Simpson describing research into 10 “Citizen Science” projects, in which members of the public are involved in scientific research. The study examined the factors that affect user engagement, the discussions between the citizen scientists and the transference of scientific expertise, with over 50 million activities of 250, 000 users being analysed.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A paper by Ramine Tinati, Paul Gaskell, Thanassis Tiropanis, Olivier Phillipe and Wendy Hall which presents a
framework for addressing cultural and language barriers when studying human activity on a global scale.