WikiPulse is an under-development open source project aimed at harnessing Wikipedia as a news-source based on the collective intelligence of the swarm of editors and readers. The idea is to demonstrate that social structures among the influential and important Wikipedia editors / authors represent domain-specific COINs (Collaborative Innovation Networks) which can serve as a significant and fast news source, at least in certain specific thematic areas.
My contribution to the project deals with defining the news-worthiness criteria, co-designing the core news-selection algorithm that creates a ranking of news-worthy Wikipedia articles based on the criteria and designing and developing a standalone benchmarking tool to compare ranking results against traditional / conventional news sources and feeds such as Reuters, CNN, BBC etc.
Wikipulse has been accepted for presentation at the Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) to be held in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2013
Team: The project is being undertaken by a team of four students as part of the ‘Collaborative Innovation Networks’ course – a joint course at MIT, USA, Aalto University, Finland, University of Cologne, Germany, University of Bamberg, Germany and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), USA