The consequences of spreading non-credible or incorrect information may be disastrous. For example, it is well-known that people tend to use search engines to diagnose themselves and, what is even worse, to choose from treatment options. False claim published on the Association Press Twitter account about an attack on Barack Obama wiped out $136 billion from S&P 500 index. In another example, mistaken warnings during emergency situation may cause deaths of many people.
Quality of Web content (and user-generated content is just a subset of it) is an important factor of many web intelligence related research questions. Innovative web support systems for content credibility evaluation are now developing (Reconcile, MyWOT, hypothes.is). Web mining and web search have to take into account quality of content. Finally, semantic web will be possible only if we manage to transform a flood of UGC into valuable knowledge (hence quality evaluation and quality improvement).
Huge and constantly growing amount of user-generated content is only loosely related with improving of their quality. The flood of posts, tweets, pictures and comments causes an information overload and may also (when information is inaccurate or fake) harm users (e.g. bad decisions, waste of time).
Special session will be a part of main track of WI-IAT 2015 conference. The papers submitted to special session will be reviewed under the same criteria of regular submissions. All papers accepted for special sessions will be included in the Conference Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press that is indexed by EI.
About WI-IAT 2015
The 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI’15) will be held in Singapore on December 6-9, 2015, hosted by the Joint NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Living Analytics Research Centre at Singapore Management University (SMU). Co-located with the 2015 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT’15), WI’15 is sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics (TCII), Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC), ACM-SIGAI, and Memetic Computing Society.