On September 21 and 22, the Center for Social Software marked its first anniversary with a groundbreaking symposium on transparent text. The symposium, held in Cambridge, focused on ways to make large collections of documents understandable to lay people and experts alike. The symposium connected over 140 pioneers in government, nonprofits, academia, and the media, jumpstarting the discussion on how to disseminate, analyze, and explain textual data. The keynote address was delivered by the Beth Noveck, Deputy CTO for Open Government, who directs the White House Open Government Initiative. A key challenge for transparency and citizen engagement lies in unlocking the value and meaning in textual data. The speakers and attendees alike explored approaches that shed light on unstructured text, ranging from novel statistical techniques to web-based crowdsourcing. The highly successful symposium vibrated with energy, generating potential collaborations, partnerships, and customer engagements.
To see a list of speakers, attendees, and topics, click here.
To read sample attendee blog posts:
- The Noisy Channel - Day 1
- The Noisy Channel - Day 2
- Nieman Journalism Lab - Five projects on the frontier of text-based data analysis and visualization
Follow the tweets from the Symposium by searching for #tt09 on Twitter.
To see pictures from the Symposium, search for text09 on Flickr.