Open Identification and Linking of the Four Ws

Ryan Shaw, Michael Buckland

Abstract


Platforms for social computing connect users via shared
references to people with whom they have relationships, events attended, places
lived in or traveled to, and topics such as favorite books or movies. This model
needn't be limited to social networking sites. Understanding an item in a digital
library or museum requires context: information about the topics, places, events,
and people to which the item is related. Students, journalists and investigators
traditionally discover this kind context by asking “the four Ws”: what, where, when
and who. We are building open, distributed systems that allow users to ask and
answer these questions via links to appropriate contextual resources.

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