yourHistory — Semantic linking for a personalized timeline of historic events

Title yourHistory — Semantic linking for a personalized timeline of historic events
Author David Graus, Maria-Hendrike Peetz, Daan Odijk, Ork de Rooij, Maarten de Rijke
Publication type Workshop Proceedings
Workshop name LinkedUp Challenge at Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2013
Conference location Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract In this paper we present yourHistory: a Facebook application that aims to generate a tailor-made, personalized timeline of historic events, by matching a semantically enriched Facebook profile to a pool of candidate historic events extracted from DBPedia. Two aspects are central to our application: (i) semantic linking technologies backed by rich open web knowledge bases for generating semantically enriched user profiles, and (ii) semantic relatedness metrics for ranking historic events to user profiles. This paper describes the development of a Facebook application that aims to be engaging for users, whilst at the same time being a source for data that can be applied to evaluating or improving the application. We describe our Wikipedia-based semantic relatedness metric for event ranking, but also the restrictions and constraints concerning privacy-sensitive and ethical matters, around data storage and user consent. Finally, we reflect on how this type of user data can be applied for evaluating or improving both the semantic linking and event ranking methods in future work.
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yourHistory – Entity linking for a personalized timeline of historic events

Download a pre-print of Graus, D., Peetz, M-H., Odijk, D., de Rooij, Ork., de Rijke, M. “yourHistory — Semantic linking for a personalized timeline of historic events,” in CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2014.

Update #1

I presented yourHistory at ICT.OPEN 2013:

The slides of my talk are up on SlideShare:

And we got nominated for the “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award” there! (sadly, didn’t win though ;) ).

nominated

Original Post

yourHistory - OKConference poster

For the LinkedUp Challenge Veni competition at the Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon), we (Maria-Hendrike Peetz, me, Daan Odijk, Ork de Rooij and Maarten de Rijke) created yourHistory; a Facebook app that uses entity linking for personalized historic timeline generation (using d3.js). Our app got shortlisted (top 8 out of 22 submissions) and is in the running for the first prize of 2000 euro!

Read a small abstract here:

In history we often study dates and events that have little to do with our own life. We make history tangible by showing historic events that are personal and based on your own interests (your Facebook profile). Often, those events are small-scale and escape history books. By linking personal historic events with global events, we to link your life with global history: writing your own personal history book.

Read the full story here;

And try out the app here!

It’s currently still a little rough around the edges. There’s an extensive to-do list, but if you have any feedback or remarks, don’t hesitate to leave me a message below!