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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Track Origins of Digital Content K.C. Jones, InformationWeek Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has received a grant to create a
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      Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Track Origins of Digital Content
      K.C. Jones, InformationWeek

      Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has received a grant to create a
      technology that will give users more information about the origins and
      sources of digital content. Berners-Lee received a Knight News Challenge
      award Wednesday, during the Interactive Media Conference and Tradeshow
      2008 in Las Vegas. Sixteen ideas to fund innovative digital projects
      around the world were awarded $5.5 million dollars from the John S. and
      James L. Knight Foundation. This is the second year of the $25 million
      Knight News Challenge, which funds digital information innovations that
      transform community life. Announced at the Interactive Media Conference
      in Las Vegas, this year's projects will touch people in rural India,
      the townships of South Africa and on college campuses across the United
      States, among other places. Berners-Lee's project is a partnership
      between the Media Standards Trust and the UK-based Web Science Research
      Initiative, of which he is a director. According to the 2008 Winners
      Reference: With the copious amounts of information (and misinformation)
      on the Internet, the public needs more help finding fair, accurate and
      contextual news. The plan: to design a way for content creators to add
      information on their sources to their reports, as a form of source
      tagging. For instance, a reporter could note that an article was based
      on personal observations, interviews with eyewitnesses or specific,
      original documents. Filters would then use this data ('the story behind
      the story') to help find high-quality articles. A reader searching the
      phrase 'Pakistan riots' for example, might find 9,000 articles. But
      filtering by 'eyewitness accounts' would yield a more selective list.
      Berners-Lee, Moore and the Web Science Research Initiative are working
      with the BBC and Reuters on how to best integrate the tagging into
      journalists' normal workflow.

      http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/search/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207800163
      See also the announcement: http://www.newschallenge.org/189/news-challenge-press-release.html
       
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