Last week I passed a personal milestone and gave my first “Keynote Address” at the Defence Research and Development Canada Social Media “Big Data” Analysis Workshop on Friday June 17 in Ottawa.
The other keynote address was given by John Kelly from Morningside Analytics, whose approach highlights the importance of segmentation in the blogosphere when it comes to telling the difference between ‘fake sharks’ and ‘real sharks’ in the waters of partisan blogosphere activity. John’s presentation was very interesting and he was nice enough to compliment Nexalogy’s approach as being a “very advanced semantic analysis capacity” that compliments link-driven analysis, which is Morningside’s strength.
The two presentations from the National Research Council were a highlight for me, with Dr. Mohammad Saif presenting the current state of NRC-developed sentiment mapping and Dr. Roland Kuhn presenting the potential for sentiment mapping and machine-translation to be applied to national security priorities. I am hoping to learn more from them about the subject in the future.
The day before I presented at the Public Security S&T Summer Symposium where the focus of discussion was on identifying social media signals from emergency situations; a challenge to be sure but one where a social media analysis solution can be a big benefit. The whole experience was positive, and the discussion definitely emphasized the importance of social media activity in terms of big data and public security.
A few selected areas of work for participants from government that were identified and that I am happy to have on my radar included:
- Knowledge governance
- Human capital utilization
- Empowering the public servant
- Government 2.0, 3.0 and beyond
- Forecasting, forewarning, foresight
- Participatory culture
- Multi-lingual information processing
If you want to download my presentation : click here to download (PDF)