Semantic Search for Academic Social Networks

August 9, 2013

Arnetminer is an interesting service from China that we came across recently and feel compelled to share it. It is a tool that offers search and mining capabilities for academic and researcher social networks. Semantic technology is the name of its game.

There are several groups and organizations that have funded this service: Chinese Young Faculty Research Funding, IBM China Research Lab and Minnesota/China Collaborative Research Program among others. It was originally developed by Jie Tang in 2006.

We learned about the focal points of the system:

In this system, we focus on: (1) creating a semantic-based profile for each researcher by extracting information from the distributed Web; (2) integrating academic data (e.g., the bibliographic data and the researcher profiles) from multiple sources; (3) accurately searching the heterogeneous network; (4) analyzing and discovering interesting patterns from the built researcher social network.

It looks like the Introduction page was last updated in 2010, but the search engine itself seems to be going strong into 2013. In the past, the folks at Arnetminer have given talks at Google, the World Wide Web Conference and more. It would be interesting to know where they are currently making their rounds at.

Megan Feil, August 09, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

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