Blogs have long become a valuable source of news, commentary, and analysis. However, with the decline of blog search engines, they tend to be hard to identify, and their number and variety present an added challenge for anyone looking for a quick overview of a given topic. The SYNC3 project proposed to tackle this problem by providing blog analysis and curation functions that automatically linked blog posts to the news events they referred to and displayed them side by side, offering a variety of filtering and sorting options. Additionally, the SYNC3 algorithms examined any sentiment expressed in the blogs. The aggregation tool was meant to facilitate, above all, journalistic research, but also to cater to media curators and public relation professionals, as well as to fellow bloggers.
SYNC3 was co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, and managed by the Athens Technology Centre. The EJC provided journalistic and social media expertise to the project and was in charge of surveying user requirements and of evaluating the various prototypes with end users. Our research partners for SYNC3 were XEROX Research Labs Europe, the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, L3S Research Centre, the University of Edinburgh, and Google.
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