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Theoretical and practical wonders of the web: the 25th International WWW Conference

April 11, 2016 | Posted by Microsoft Research Blog

By Kuansan Wang, Director, Internet Services Research Center, Microsoft Research

Anyone reading the program for the 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW) would find it obvious that web innovation, powered by passionate scientists, users, and developers, continues to accelerate. At WWW this week, Microsoft Research hopes to connect with innovators and researchers to learn more about how they’re using and integrating our academic services.

At last year’s WWW Conference in Florence, we released the Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG). MAG is now accessible via the Academic Knowledge API, which allows researchers to tap into a wealth of academic content. The MAG data set and APIs are currently being used in the KDD Cup 2016 Challenge. We also want to share the latest that Microsoft Academic has to offer and explain the directions in which we’re heading.

Two WWW workshops—BigScholar and SAVE-SD—emphasize the variety of research emerging specifically as a result of the availability of the MAG data. In the BigScholar workshop, scientists Professor Roland Yap and Suhendry Effendy of the National University of Singapore explain how they’ve used the MAG data set to explore a methodology for conference rating. SAVE-SD (Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data) will focus on bridging the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of scholarly data. In affiliation with the co-located BigData Innovators Gathering (BIG 2016), the BIG 2016 Cup challenges researchers to produce a REST service endpoint that can verify whether a paper is written by a given author.

New research possibilities are exciting, but examples of the practical application of existing research are satisfying to hear about. This year, the Seoul Test of Time Award is being presented to LinkedIn scientist Dr. Badrul Sarwar and University of Minnesota professors George Karypis, Joseph Konstan, and John Riedl (posthumously) for their 2001 groundbreaking paper, “Item-based collaborative filtering recommendation algorithms.”   The process of selecting contenders for the award required that the nominating committee consider papers presented at all previous WWW conferences. The criteria for assessing the work of potential nominees were many and the papers themselves were dense. We were happy to learn that this tough task faced by the Test of Time nominating committee was made manageable by MAG, which the committee was able to use as part of their selection process. Sifting through 24 years’ worth of WWW conference papers was, it turns out, a perfect application of this data set.

If you’re at WWW this week, please visit us at booth 701 and tell us about your work and how you’ve been using our academic services. If you haven’t yet, we encourage you to use the Academic Knowledge API and participate in the upcoming KDD Cup 2016 Challenge.


Schedule of Microsoft Academic Workshops and Events, World Wide Web 2016*

Date/Time Co-Located Event Location Microsoft Research Participation
April 11, 2016
9:15 – 10:00
Workshop: Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data (SAVE-SD 2016) Room 518A, Montreal Convention Center Keynote: The Microsoft Academic Graph: New Applications and Research Opportunities, Alex Wade, Director of Scholarly Communications
April 12, 2016
9:00 – 17:30
Workshop: Third WWW Workshop on Big Scholarly Data: Towards the Web of Scholars (BigScholar 2016) Room 524A, Montreal Convention Center Workshop Organizer:  Kuansan Wang, Director, Internet Services Research Center
April 12, 2016
15:00 – 15:30
Event: BigData Innovators Gathering (BIG 2016) Room 524A, Montreal Convention Center Invited Talk: Microsoft Graph Engine, Bin Shao, Lead Researcher

*Visit the conference website to see the full WWW 2016 schedule, including all Microsoft Research offerings.


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