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Re: DERI, NUI Galway launches the boards.ie SIOC Data Competition

From: John Breslin <john.breslin@deri.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:43:29 +0100
Message-ID: <48B3EC61.7040102@deri.org>
To: semantic-web@w3.org

Dear all -

With sincere apologies for the one-month delay in the competition start 
date; we are now accepting signups for the competition at 
http://data.sioc-project.org and data sets will be available to verified 
accounts for download on 1st September 2008.  The new closing date is 
31st October 2008.


With thanks,

John Breslin wrote:
> The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway is 
> running a unique competition from 1st August to 30th September 2008 in 
> conjunction with boards.ie, Ireland’s largest discussion forum site. 
> The competition is an open contest in which entrants can win over 
> €4000 in Amazon.com vouchers by submitting an interesting creation 
> based on a data set of discussion posts from boards.ie over the past 
> ten years:
> * The first prize is an Amazon voucher for $4000 (~€2500)
> * The second prize is a voucher for $2000 (~€1250)
> * The third prize is a voucher for $1000 (~€625)
> Read the rules and find out more information on the contest at:
> http://data.sioc-project.org/
> The data set (approximately 9 million documents) has been represented 
> in the Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC) open data 
> format developed by DERI, NUI Galway for expressing the information 
> contained in social websites (forums, mailing lists, blogs, etc.). 
> There's some FOAF data in there too! (We will also be making some 
> LOD-type connections to DBpedia available shortly.) Entrants may 
> create whatever they feel is interesting based on this data: it could 
> be a novel web application that makes use of the data set, a report on 
> analyses performed on the data, a tool that allows one to visualise or 
> browse the semantic structure, or whatever else the imagination can 
> come up with!
> The data reflects ten years of Irish online life, collected between 
> 1998 and 2008 from boards.ie. boards.ie is one of Ireland’s busiest 
> websites, with over a million unique visitors a month. The most 
> popular discussion areas are 'after hours', soccer, motors, poker, and 
> computers. Popular topic threads include one about a virtual pub (over 
> 4000 pages), member discussions (2800 pages), poker stories (1800 
> pages), Liverpool rumours (1250 pages), recruitment in the Gardaí (800 
> pages long), and a freebie list (250 pages).
> To enter the competition, go to http://data.sioc-project.org/ to 
> access the data sets and view the guidelines. There will be three 
> prizes for the top entries, as judged by an independent panel of three 
> experts. The contest is open to anyone except current / former 
> researchers with DERI and employees of boards.ie Ltd. One person may 
> make multiple entry submissions. The closing date is the 30th 
> September 2008.
> The purpose of this contest is to generate interesting applications or 
> creations that make use of community data represented in the SIOC 
> Semantic Web format. All rights to these creations will remain with 
> the contest participants (not including the underlying data, whose 
> copyright remains with the creators). Neither DERI nor boards.ie Ltd. 
> will acquire any commercial rights to these applications or creations 
> as submitted through this contest. Up until now, this data has been 
> publicly viewable, but it was difficult to leverage it without any 
> added semantics due to the fact that it was embedded in heavily-styled 
> HTML pages.
> (DERI is a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) 
> established at NUI Galway in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation 
> Ireland (SFI). After five years of operation, DERI has become an 
> internationally-recognised institute in Semantic Web research, 
> education and technology transfer.)

Dr. John Breslin
DERI, NUI Galway
Received on Tuesday, 26 August 2008 11:44:41 UTC

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