Information management on the Web“We’ve gained so much in the digital age. We get more entertainmentchoices, and finding what we’re looking for is certainly fast. Best of all,much of it is free. But we’ve lost something as well: the fortunatediscovery of something we never knew we wanted to find. In otherwords the digital age is stamping our serendipity. [ ] Ah, the techies say,no worries. We have Facebook and Twitter, spewing a stream ofsuggestions about what to read, hear, see and do. We come to depend onit to lead us to the funny article on TheOnion.com or the roving food cartserving goat curry. It’s useful. [ ] and there is just too much information.We can have thousands of people sending us suggestions each day –some useful, some not. We have to read them, sort them and act uponthem.[ ] Everything we need to know comes filtered and vetted. We arediscovering what everyone else is learning, and usually from people wehave selected because they share our tastes” (NY Times, August, 2 2009)
Why RENDER?o The challenges of today’s Web • purposefully access, process and manage information, whilst remaining true to its design principles, and leveraging diversityo Comprehensive solutions needed • infrastructure to store and access information • methods and techniques to make sense out of it • paradigms underlying the processes of Web- based information provision and consumptiono Information management methods and techniques do not reflect the plurality of opinions and viewpoints expressed on the Web. • filtering, aggregation and summarization, ranking, presentationo This affects the quality of the information management services offered, and hampers true collaboration
What will RENDER do about it?o Develop methods, techniques, software and data sets that will leverage diversity as a crucial source of innovation and creativity. • scale to very large amounts of data and hundreds of thousands of users, but also to a plurality of points of views and opinions • realistic data sets • open source extensions to popular communication and collaboration platforms (MediaWiki, WordPress)o RENDER’s results will be showcased • diversity-aware Wikipedia • diversity-minded access to journalistic content • novel customer management support in global enterprises. RENDER will help realize a world where information is acquired and shared in a fundamentally different manner than the consensual approach promoted by movements such as Web 2.0, and where communication and collaboration across the borders of social, cultural or professional communities are truly enabled via advanced Web technology, supporting one of the credos of European society: “United in diversity”.