LocalSavvy: Aggregating local points of view about news issues

Jiahui Liu*, Lawrence A Birnbaum

*Corresponding author for this work

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13 Scopus citations

Abstract

The web has become an important medium for news delivery and consumption. Fresh content about a variety of topics, events, and places is constantly being created and published on the web by news agencies around the world. As intuitively understood by readers, and studied in journalism, news articles produced by different social groups present different attitudes towards and interpretations of the same news issues. In this paper, we propose a new paradigm for aggregating news articles according to the local news sources associated with the stakeholders of the news issues. This new paradigm provides users the capability to aggregate and browse various local points of view about the news issues in which they are interested. We implement this paradigm in a system called LocalSavvy. LocalSavvy analyzes the news articles provided by users, using knowledge about locations automatically acquired from the web. Based on the analysis of the news issue, the system finds and aggregates local news articles published by official and unofficial news sources associated with the stakeholders. Moreover, opinions from those local social groups are extracted from the retrieved results, presented in the summaries and highlighted in the news web pages. We evaluate LocalSavvy with a user study. The quantitative and qualitative analysis shows that news articles aggregated by LocalSavvy present relevant and distinct local opinions, which can be clearly perceived by the subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLocWeb 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Location and the Web, in Conjunction with the WWW 2008 Conference
Pages33-40
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event1st International Workshop on Location and the Web, LocWeb 2008, in Conjunction with the WWW 2008 Conference - Beijing, China
Duration: Apr 22 2008Apr 22 2008

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume300

Other

Other1st International Workshop on Location and the Web, LocWeb 2008, in Conjunction with the WWW 2008 Conference
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period4/22/084/22/08

Keywords

  • local points of view
  • news aggregation
  • news source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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