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This has been a great week if you think that it’s important to know the origins of content on the web. First, Google announced the support of explicit metadata describing the origins of news article content that will be used by Google News. Publishers can now identify using two tags whether they the original source of a piece of news or are syndicating it from some other provider. Second, the New York Times now has the ability to do paragraph level permalinks. (So this is the link to the third paragraph of an article on starbucks recycling). So one can link to the exact paragraph when quoting a piece. This was supported by some other sites as well and there’s a wordpress plug-in for it but having the Times support it is big news. Essentially, with a couple of tweaks these techniques could make the quote pattern that you see in blogs (shown below) machine readable.

In the W3C  Provenance Incubator Group that is just wrapping up, one of the main scenarios was how to support a News Aggregator that can makes use of provenance to help determine the quality of the articles it automatically creates. With these developments, we are moving one step closer to being able to make this scenario possible.

To me, this is more evidence that with simple markup, and simple link structures, we can achieve the goal of having machines know where content on the web originates. However, like with a lot of the web, we need to agree on those simple structures so that everyone knows how to properly give credit on the web.

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The 2010 LarKC PhD symposium was held in Beijing in Nov 14th, 2010. More than 40 participants attended this symposium (Most of them were participants from The 4th LarKC Ealy Adopters Tutorial).

The Proceeding of the symposium can be downloaded here.

The LarKC PhD symposium is an annual event that the Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC) Consortium organized. The main objectives of this symposium series is to provide a communication platform for young researchers (especially PhD students) on their recent progresses in the EU FP-7 LarKC project, Web-scale reasoning and the Semantic Web in general.

The seminar is open and free to everyone who is interested.The 2010 LarKC PhD Symposium is the 2nd symposium in this series. The 1st symposium is jointly held with STI PhD Seminar 2009 in Berlin. The participants of that events all agree that they learned a lot from each other and that is one of the most important reason why we have this event this year.During year 2 of the LarKC project, the consortium has many progresses on Web-scale reasoning and search, ranging from new selection and reasoning strategies to real-world use cases. Many of them are from PhD students and young researchers in this consortium. We are very proud to have these researchers report their recent results in the 2nd LarKC PhD symposium.

In addition, we are very pleased to see that there are external plug-in contributions outside the LarKC consortium in the form of close collaboration with the LarKC members.The speakers for the 2nd LarKC PhD symposium are from China, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, etc. We are please to have several talks which cover a wide range on Semantic Web, Machine Learning, and AI in general.

The topics focus but not limited to: Natural Language Interfaces to Ontologies, segmentation strategies for Web-scale data, Machine learning meets the Semantic Web, selection strategies, parallel and Contrastive reasoning for the Semantic Web, and Semantic Web-enabled Recommender System.Some of the speakers are still in their PhD program, hence we are very pleased to have several senior members from and outside the LarKC consortium to make comments and suggestions to their future research in the area of Web search and reasoning. More importantly, the speakers will learn from each other during their communications in the symposium.

by Yi Zeng
The 4th LarKC Early Adopters Tutorial took place in Beijing, China on Nov 13th, 2010.
LarKC 4th Early Adopters Tutorial

Approximately 90 participants attended the tutorial. 2 introductions, 4 hands on sessions as well as use cases demos from Urban computing has been given.The tutorial is in bi-lingual (English and Chinese), with most of the talks translated real-time to the audience.

The participants agreed that LarKC is easy to use as a plugable platform for Web-scale reasoning.The materials of the 4th LarKC Early Adopters Tutorial can be downloaded from the LarKC sourceforge and the following addresses: