Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Air Force Just Discovers Blogs?

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has decided that blogs may contain valuable information and will put $450,000 into their study. That money will fund a 3-year project called the "Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information."

“It can be challenging for information analysts to tell what’s important in blogs unless you analyze patterns,” Dr. Brian E. Ulicny, senior scientist, said.

...Patterns include the content of the blogs as well as what hyperlinks are contained within the blog.

...This type of analysis can help information analysts’ searches be as productive as possible.

...“We are developing an automated tool to tell analysts what bloggers are most interested in at a point in time,” Ulicny said.

...“Relevance involves developing a point of focus and information related to a particular focus,” Kokar said. Timeliness has to do with immediacy – how important is a topic now. “Credibility,” he continued, “is the amount of trust you have in an information source.”

Finally, specificity can provide value to information analysts depending on how general or specific they need the information to be.

...To some degree blog interpretation, he said, involves understanding a different form of communication.

“Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself , such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.”

I can't believe this happened. Here's the link to the news story.

Kentucky has banned blogs from state offices.

Ebay is working feverishly to find a way to cash in on the popularity of blogging.

And, it seems that Blogs have almost achieved mainstream status.

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