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Talking about BlogForever at a Departmental Seminar at the University of Warwick

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  • BlogForever: the Road Ahead Karen Stepanyan K.Stepanyan@warwick.ac.uk
  • Outline BlogForever: Brief Project Overview Weblogs in Retrospect Rationale for the BlogForever Project Partners Anticipated Outcomes Warwick as a Lead Beneficiary Feedback/Suggestions/Questions Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • BlogForever: a Brief OverviewBlogForever is a collaborative research projectfunded by the European Union.-The main goal of the project is to develop facilitiesfor robust digital preservation, management anddissemination of weblogs. Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Let’s step backto take a birds eye view Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • What are Blogs? A blog (weblog) is a website with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse- chronological order. Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Weblogs in Retrospect 1997: Coined the term weblog (Jorn Barger) 1999: Shortened weblog (wee-blog) to blog and blogger (Peter Merholz). 1999: handful of weblogs known to be in existence. 1999: Launched blogger.com – one of the first free blogging tools (Pyra Labs/Google).- Blogs become easy to setup and maintain- Turning point – the transition from passive audience into active public. Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Weblogs in Retrospect (Cont.) 1999: LiveJournal 2002: Technorati Blog Search 2003: Open Source Blogging platforms 2005: Blog Search (Google) 2006: Widespread use of RSS 2007: 100 million blogs (Technorati) 2006: Microblogging (Twitter) May 19, 2011: Social Search (Google) Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Weblogs TodayBlogosphere: interweaved networks of blogs 175,000 new weblogs created every day 2 million daily posts 77% of Web users are blog readers Continuous growth107 million blogs in 2009126 million blogs in 2010 Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Websites Powered by WordPress** 23 May 2011 Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • BlogPulse* 23 May 2011 Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Impact of Blogs Coverage in breaking, shaping, and spinning news stories (Gizmodo) Political debates, opinions and campaigns Blurring of mass media and journalism (Global Voices) Social and political movements Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • * Published in The New Yorker 9/12/2005 by Alex Gregory Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Rationale Behind PreservationPreserving blogs can provide a:View into an essential part of our heritageSolution to ephemeral nature of digital informationView into the dynamics of digital mediaFoundation for understanding group dynamics,community development and social networksFoundation for understanding development of new ideas Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Current Approaches to Archiving BlogsCurrent web archive scope is limited – i.e.Preservation of monolithic regions, subjects or events.Bypass social networksNon-standard backup solutionsLoss of information on editing and versioningPoor manageability and usability when snapshots are taken(e.g. PDF - Internet Archive) Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Addressing the Gap of Preservation and Archiving Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • BlogForever: Objectives Key Objectives:  BlogForever will develop robust digital preservation, management and dissemination facilities for weblogs.  These facilities will be able to capture the dynamic and continuously evolving nature of weblogs, their network and social structure, and the exchange of concepts and ideas that they foster; pieces of information omitted by current Web Archiving methods and solutions. Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • BlogForever: Objectives Scientific Objectives  Study weblog structure and semantics  Define a robust digital preservation policy for weblogs  Implement a weblog digital repository  Implement specific case studies
  • Advances to the State of the Art Definition of a generic data model for weblog metadata and semantics Weblog digital preservation strategies Weblog spider Weblog digital repository web application Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Partners1. Altec Research S.A.2. Aristotle University of Thesaloniki (AUTH)3. CyberWatcher4. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)5. Phaistos Networks6. Mokono7. Software Research and Development and Consultancy Ltd. (SRDC)8. Technische Universitat Berlin9. Tero Ltd10. University of Glasgow11. University of London Computer Centre (ULCC)12. University of Warwick Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Work Packages WP1 Project Management (AUTH) WP2 Weblog Structure and Semantics (UW) WP3 The BlogForever Policies (UG) WP4 The BlogForever Software Infrastructure (CERN) WP5 Case studies and validation (UL) WP6 Dissemination & exploitation (Tero) Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Work Packages Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Primary Role of WarwickPeople involvedPrinciple Investigator: Dr. Alexandra I. CristeaCo-Principle Investigator: Dr. Mike JoyPostdocs: Dr. Karen Stepanyan(One More Expected) Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Primary Role of Warwick  Weblogs Survey ReportD2.1  Report  on weblog Data ModelD2.2  Weblog OntologiesD2.3  Weblog spider prototype & associated methodology   report (using weblog APIs & HTML-aware Crawling) D2.4  Weblog spam filtering report D2.5 & associated methodology  Definition of weblog data extraction methodology D2.6 Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Main roles & tasks Lead of WP2 Weblog structure and semantics M1-15 (28PM) Involvement in all other WPs:  WP1 Project management M1-30 (1PM)  WP3 The BlogForever policies M7-30 (3PM)  WP4 The BlogForever Software Infrastructure M1-30 (8PM)  WP5 Case studies and validation M9-27 (8PM)  WP6 Dissemination & exploitation M1-30 (3PM) Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Summary: Major Milestones 1st Milestone (Month 10) Weblog survey and user requirements: Researching the Blogosphere on a variety of issues and assessment of user requirements will lead to the crystallization of our view and perspectives on the problem, and drive the articulation of our preservation strategy. 2nd Milestone (Month 21) – Initial software infrastructure and case studies setup: A first version of the BlogForever weblog spider tool component and the digital repository component will be fully operational, ready to be tested and validated in case studies. 3rd Milestone (Month 30) – Digital repository component, weblog aggregator and business plan: The complete infrastructure for BlogForever will be ready to be further exploited by offering services to the bloggers‟ community and other parties, as defined in the business plan. Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Summary: Impact The final output of BlogForever will be a simple weblog digital archiving solution that any user, user group or institution could use to preserve their weblog(s) and ensure their authenticity, integrity, completeness, usability, and long term accessibility as a valuable cultural, social, and intellectual resource. A multitude of parties will benefit from the project  Bloggers  Universities, Libraries & Information Centers  Museums  Education  Research  Business Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • Summary: Potential Future Benefits New collaboration and funding opportunities Professional development and record of:  Publishing in journals/conferences  organising and participating in workshops/seminars  contributing to designing and developing new tools Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu
  • BlogForever: the Road AheadQuestionsDirectionCaution AdviseThank You!K.Stepanyan@warwick.ac.uk Intelligent and Adaptive Systems (IAS) Seminar: 24 May 2011 www.blogforever.eu