University of Wolverhampton experts are developing new
technology to discover how science works by filtering huge amounts
of information from the web.
Academics from the University are participating in a £300,000
project with universities in Canada and the USA.
The project will investigate changes in science over time to
find out how successful new areas of research evolve.
In particular it will find out where the experts come from that
are able to solve new and critical problems in science. For
example, computer science emerged after computers were invented, so
who were the scientists that built computers, despite not being
The partners have received funding from the international
Digging into Data Challenge (http://www.diggingintodata.org/),
with the UK component provided by the Joint Information Systems
The Digging into Data Challenge provides funding to
international teams of researchers that develop new methods to
analyse huge quantities of data to help solve important
As part of this, the Wolverhampton team will develop computer
software to filter the web to discover trends in science. This is
particularly challenging as most of the web is not about science,
but the Wolverhampton team are international experts at developing
web filtering technology.
Professor Mike Thelwall, head of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group in the
School of Technology at the University
of Wolverhampton, said: “I am delighted that we are being given the
opportunity to develop our innovative tools.
“Research is critical to modern societies, driving new
technology, helping us to understand and interpret the world, and
developing arts and culture. Over time, research changes as new
problems are tackled and new solutions found. But how do these
changes happen? This project will enable us to investigate changes
in science over time to see out how new areas of research
“Given the very stiff competition for this funding, with only
20% of projects funded, I am very proud that the University of
Wolverhampton was successful.”
It is hoped the project will help scientists to work more
efficiently in the future with knowledge from the project about how
they can be successful in picking and developing new research
The European Commission has awarded a total contribution of
£300,000 and of that the University of Wolverhampton will receive
The project will run for two years, until January 2014. The
effectiveness of the technology will be evaluated by interested
stakeholders analysing the findings and by publishing the results
in prestigious academic journals.
The project participants are the University of Wolverhampton
(UK), the University of Indiana, Bloomington (USA), and the
University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada).
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