Sheila Kinsella

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Social media such as Twitter generate large quantities of data about what a person is thinking and doing in a particular location. We leverage this data to build models of locations to improve our understanding of a user's geographic context. Understanding the user's geographic context can in turn enable a variety of services that allow us to present(More)
In this paper, we discuss the architecture and implementation of the Semantic Web Search Engine (SWSE). Following traditional search engine architecture, SWSE consists of crawling, data enhancing, indexing and a user interface for search, browsing and retrieval of information; unlike traditional search engines, SWSE operates over RDF Web data – loosely also(More)
To date, Semantic Web research has tended to focus on data modelling challenges, at the expense of software architecture and engineering issues. Our empirical analysis shows that implementing Semantic Web technologies creates challenges which can affect the whole application. Standard solutions and best practices for Semantic Web technologies are just(More)
Social media presents unique challenges for topic classification, including the brevity of posts, the informal nature of conversations, and the frequent reliance on external hyperlinks to give context to a conversation. In this paper we investigate the usefulness of these external hyperlinks for categorising the topic of individual posts. We focus our(More)
The focus of web search is moving away from returning relevant documents towards returning structured data as results to user queries. A vital part in the architecture of search engines are link-based ranking algorithms, which however are targeted towards hypertext documents. Existing ranking algorithms for structured data, on the other hand, require manual(More)
Social media presents unique challenges for topic classification, including the brevity of posts, the informal nature of conversations, and the frequent reliance on external hyperlinks to give context to a conversation. In this paper we investigate the usefulness of these external hyperlinks for determining the topic of an individual post. We focus(More)
Social spaces such as blogs, wikis and online social networking sites are enabling the formation of online communities where people are linked to each other through direct profile connections and also through the content items that they are creating, sharing and tagging. As these spaces become bigger and more distributed, more intuitive ways of navigating(More)
Publishing information on the Semantic Web using common formats enables data to be linked together, integrated and reused. In order to fully leverage the potential for interlinking data by reusing existing schemas, an intuitive way of viewing current usage of RDF vocabularies is required. We present a system which allows a user to view the most frequently(More)
One of the most visible trends on the Web is the emergence of “Social Web” sites which facilitate the creation and gathering of knowledge through the simplification of user contributions via blogs, tagging and folksonomies, wikis, podcasts, and the deployment of online social networks. The Social Web has enabled community-based knowledge acquisition with(More)
In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of Social Web sites which allow the creation of knowledge through simplified user contributions via blogs, wikis, and the deployment of online social networks. As more Social Web CES IN COMPUTERS, VOL. 76 121 Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Inc. 65-2458/DOI: 10.1016/S0065-2458(09)01004-3 All rights(More)