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This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
TREC KBA - Mining Content Streams to Recommend Page Updates to Editors
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
John R. Frank and Daniel A. Roberts
E-mail address
jrf at mit dot edu
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
We have organized a new session in NIST's Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) called Knowledge Base Acceleration (KBA). TREC KBA challenges computer science researchers to develop algorithms that mine content streams, such as news and blogs, to recommend edits to knowledge bases (KB), such as Wikipedia. We consider a KB to be "large" if the number of entities described by the KB is larger than the number of humans maintaining the KB. As entities change and evolve in the real world, large KBs often lag behind by months or years. Such large KBs are an increasingly important tool in several industries, including biomedical research, law enforcement, and financial services. TREC KBA aims to develop algorithms for helping KB editors stay abreast of changes to the organizations, people, proteins, and other entities described by their KBs. In this technical presentation, we will give an overview of the TREC KBA data sets and tasks for 2012 and future years. In addition to developing text analytics, we are also working on a wikipedia bot for connecting KBA-type systems to users' talk pages in mediawiki. After presenting the current state of our bot development, we hope to engage the audience in an open discussion about how such algorithms might be most fruitfully employed in the Wikipedia community.
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Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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  1. --Amakuha (talk) 01:27, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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