SIGIR09: Predicting User Interests from Contextual Information

Peter Bailey et al. from Microsoft described a study comparing sources of context in predicting the subsequent interests of a user looking at a particular page.  (A note of caution, the term context in the IR community refers to auxillary text or documents used to augment a query typically to help disambiguate it and improve [...]

Is RDF any good without a web of linked data?

Stefano Mazzochi used to work at our SIMILE project here at MIT, where we explored the use of RDF and Semantic Web tools for the sharing of knowledge.  He has since gone to work at Metaweb and, it seems, become much more friendly to their “top down” approach of trying to create a centralized repository [...]