The 25th annual World Wide Web conference kicks off today in Montreal. From now until Friday, tech experts and academics from around the globe will be discussing research, development, standards and applications for the future of the web.
Microsoft is one of the high-level sponsors of the event, but Microsoft Research is there this week for very practical reasons. In a blog post published today, Microsoft research detailed more about why they are attending the 25th annual WWW conference and what they hope to achieve.
At last year’s WWW conference, Microsoft Researched announced the release of Microsoft Academic Graph to help academic researchers map the citation relationships between scientific publications. This allows researchers to map out when scientific studies and journal articles cite each other or have other relationships such as similar authors, institutions, journals, venues, and fields of study. As a result, researchers and academics can connect with existing research in new ways as they perform their own studies.
Now Microsoft Research is back at the WWW conference with two new workshops related to the Microsoft Academic Graph. One workshop, titled BigScholar, focuses on how researchers from the National University of Singapore are using MAG data “to explore a methodology for conference rating” based on the research that is related to a conference and how that research is used by other academics.
Microsoft Research’s second workshop is SAVE-SD, which stands for Semantics, Analytics, Visualization: Enhancing Scholarly Data). This workshop is described as focusing “on bridging the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of scholarly data.”
Microsoft Research states they are hoping this year to connect with “innovators and researchers to learn more about how they’re using and integrating our academic services,” as well as explain the future direction of Microsoft Academic. They feel their two workshops show how in the past year Microsoft Research’s Academic Graph has had an impact on the variety of research. They are also excited by new possibilities with practical applications which they will be speaking more about this week at the WWW conference.
If you are attending this year’s WWW conference in Montreal, you can stop by booth 701 to speak with the Microsoft Research team which is eager to hear more about how academics are utilizing their Academic Graph.