"Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Track Origins of Digital Content"
- 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.
See also the announcement: http://www.newschallenge.org/189/news-challenge-press-release.html
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