[okfn-coord] att: funding gang: knight foundation competition

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Jun 22 16:26:47 UTC 2009

2009/6/18 paula le dieu <paula at ledieu.org>:
> They make a point of saying it is open to international applicants. Perhaps
> we need to have a chat with them about what they are looking for that only
> US candidates have been successful so far?

Yes. I think we should do that before going further.

I did think about this briefly over the weekend and below's a brief
outline of an idea inspired by my recent reading of Flat Earth News
(courtesy of Becky and James). What do people think? Has something
been tried before?


Title: (Adding) The Source

Purpose: Add sources (back) into news stories using large-scale
automated text-matching

Brief summary: most news articles give little or no indication of the
source of their material. However, research shows that a vast amount
of news output from top newspapers, especially online, is recycled
directly from the news wires or press releases with obvious negative
effects on the quality of journalism. In this project we will exploit
the possibilities of large-scale automated text-matching to
automatically identify and document such recycling providing a way for
readers to "add the source" back into what they read.

> On Jun 18, 2009 4:03 PM, "Rufus Pollock" <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> This looks interesting but it does seem to be entirely US focused (all
> the winners are doing US projects). Do they consider EU based entries?
> Rufus
> 2009/6/18 paula le dieu <paula at ledieu.org>:
>> Hiya, > > I thought this might be an interesting one to keep in mind: > >
>> http://newschallenge.org...
> [snip]

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