Applications for the Media Sector to Leverage Content in Social Networks
The continued growth of data in social networks provides the networked media domain with a valuable resource for research, newsgathering, new forms of output and audience engagement. In order to leverage content in the Future Media Internet, media organisations need technologies that provide effective access to media items and information across social networking sites. Some of these challenges are addressed by the EC co-funded project SocIoS. It develops specific applications and services for the media sector to exploit content in social networks. This is important as web applications available today do not fully satisfy the needs of media companies that are active in Social Journalism. The latter entails new processes, business models and applications relevant to the Future Media Internet. For the SocIoS project, Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle identified media user needs related to search, IPR clearance, event detection, user filtering, item verification, reliability assessment and crowd sourcing. This business-oriented chapter highlights key challenges, describes social journalism, summarises user requirements identified by Deutsche Welle and outlines some of the shortcomings of current web applications. It then presents the EC co-funded project SocIoS by describing planned SocIoS Applications, underlying SocIoS Services and the technological framework (the SocIoS platform).
KeywordsSocial Network Social Medium Social Networking Site Media Organisation Social Networking Service
This work is supported by the EC co-funded FP 7 project SocIoS (project number: 257774. Call Identifier FP7 ICT 2009.1.2: Internet of Services, Software and Virtualisation. Project duration: 1 September 2010 until 28 February 2013. For more information about the project and its partners see http://www.sociosproject.eu).
The technical descriptions in Sect. 5, in particular the description of the SocIoS platform components, are summarised from and entirely based on project documents written by Dr. Konstantinos Tserpes of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), who also acts as project co-ordinator.
The views and findings presented here are those of the named authors. They are not necessarily identical with those of Deutsche Welle, the European Commission or other SocIoS project partner organisations.
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