STSM WG1 (Jodi Schneider)

Start Date: 2012-01-09

End Date: 2012-02-08

Host Institution: University of Liverpool

Host Country: UK

Home Institution: DERI, Galway

Home Country: Ireland

Description:

Three tasks are planned:
1. Analysing the key aspects of Parmenides that make it accessible to and easy-to-use for end-users.

Liverpool\`s work, for the FP7 IMPACT Project, on building structured consultation tools, is closely related to Ms. Schneider\`s goals. While the application domain varies, both focus on synthesizing the opinions of large groups of online participants. Liverpool focuses on supporting government consultation while Ms. Schneider\`s current focus is Wikipedia, and both seek to understand how to make tools that support critical engagement (including disagreement and argumentation) while ensuring sufficient simplicity for end-users.

For this task, Parmenides, a structured consultation tool that enables end-users to easily contribute to decision-making, will be examined for insights into end-user accessibility of argumentation systems.

2. Applying value-based argumentation frameworks in the Social Web.

Argumentation frameworks are widely used in computational argumentation and have been applied for navigating Amazon reviews. Augmenting argumentation frameworks with values and preferences has been very successful for practical reasoning, since two individuals may come to different conclusions from the same evidence, based on value differences. These value-based argumentation frameworks appear to be suitable for supporting argumentation in the Social Web, and we plan to further investigate their application on the Social Web.

3. Applying argument mining to a corpus of social web discussions.

Argument mining—detecting arguments in texts via the use of language technologies—is key to Ms. Schneider\`s planned contributions. This is an already an area of significant expertise in Liverpool, and claim extraction for e-government conversations is being further developed as part of the FP7 IMPACT project.

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