News – RENDER - Reflecting Knowledge Diversity Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:37:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RENDER project participates in ESWC EU Project Networking session Mon, 13 May 2013 06:31:27 +0000 The RENDER project participates in the ESWC EU Project Networking session.

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RENDER project sponsors ESWC Mon, 06 May 2013 10:49:11 +0000 The RENDER project is sponsoring this year’s ESWC.

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RENDER research in the Wikipedia Signpost Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:50:32 +0000 RENDER research has made it twice into the “Wikipedia Signpost“:

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RENDER collaborating with other EU projects @ESWC 2012 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:30:56 +0000 The RENDER project was presented during the EU project networking session co-located with the 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2012).

As a result of the networking session, points of potential collaboration were identified and RENDER established contact with a number of EU projects:

  • X-LIKE (Cross-lingual Knowledge Extraction),
  • ENVISION (ENVIronmental Services Infrastructure with ONtologies),
  • LOD2 (Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data),
  • ViSTA-TV (Video Stream Analytics for Viewers in the TV Industry),
  • IKS (Interactive Knowledge Stack).

More information about collaborative EU projects can be found here:

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Wikidata – Data Revolution for Wikipedia Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:35:42 +0000 Wikidata will be the first new Wikimedia project since 2006

Wikimedia Deutschland is starting the development of a new Wikimedia project, called Wikidata. Wikidata will provide a collaboratively edited database of the world’s knowledge. Its first goal is to support the more than 280 language editions of Wikipedia with one common source of structured data that can be used in all articles of the free encyclopedia.

For example, with Wikidata the birth date of a person of public interest can be used in all Wikipedias and only needs to be maintained in one place. Moreover, like all of Wikidata’s information, the birth date will also be freely usable outside of Wikipedia. The common-source principle behind Wikidata is expected to lead to a higher consistency and quality within Wikipedia articles, as well as increased availability of information in the smaller language editions. At the same time, Wikidata will decrease the maintenance effort for the tens of thousands of volunteers working on Wikipedia.

Read the full press release here: English | German

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Wikipedia Map Interface Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:31:52 +0000 Check out the Wikipedia Map Interface developed by RENDER! The map is generated out of all geotagged articles in a dozen different language Wikipedias. The dynamic interface allows to zoom into the map and check out the individual articles. The different languages display a strong bias over the different languages.

Find the Wikipedia Map Interface here:

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RENDER in the Press Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:56:45 +0000 RENDER was mentioned in the news of two major German Web sites.

Heise online and reported about Wikimedia’s plan to build a centralized database that will be shared over all language versions of Wikipedia where the RENDER project is involved.

Read full article on heise online and

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Personalization or What the Internet is hiding from you Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:06:07 +0000 The Economist’s article about the dangers of the internet goes into detail about the so called “filter bubble”, a unique universe of information for each single person, that we can experience everyday on Google, Amazon, Facebook and Co. Our location, interests, previous surf behaviors etc. are taking into account from these sites and we are presented with a personalized result. That sounds good, but is this all we want to have?

Eli Pariser and other critics think this is dangerous and believe that this approach prevents us from seeing and using the full potential of the Internet, not being presented with information that doesn’t fit into our own universe of opinions and interests. Eli Pariser calls this “invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas”. In his book “The filter bubble: what the Internet is hiding from you” he goes into detail how such a filtered Internet can be dangerous and how sites can give users more control over their personal data.

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Talk: “Towards a diversity-minded Wikipedia” Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:05:41 +0000 Fabian Flöck gave an interesting talk on the topic “Towards a diversity-minded Wikipedia” at the ACM 3rd International Conference on Web Science in Koblenz, Germany. You can find his talk on as well as in our presentations section. The corresponding paper can be downloaded here.

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Wikipedia is adding a Love Button Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:50:01 +0000 Wikipedia is introducing the WikiLove Button. It is already live on the Wikipedia test site and it will be available site-wide on Wednesday June 29th. It appears in the right hand corner of each user’s page, in the form of a little red heart. Users are encouraged to click the button when they come across edits or other on-site activity that deserves commendation.

A click of the button will result in the launch of a Love Interface, in which the user is presented a number of options for what kind of love to send and images to append to a free-text compliment area. The resulting declaration of support is published to the receiving user’s account discussion page and is monitored by top Wikipedia users to prevent misuse.

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