ACM Computing Reviews "Notable Computing Books and Articles of 2013" – our VLDBJ special issue featured

ACM and Computing Reviews put out their list of notable books and articles of 2013.
I’m glad that our “Special issue on structured and crowd-sourced data on the Web” published in the VLDB Journal (The International Journal on Very Large Data Bases, Springer) has been selected, together with only 2 others, as a notable issue in computing in 2013.
The special issue is available on SpringerLink. The direct link to our introductory editorial with the summary of the contributions is this.

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GSE Academic Award for Excellence for correlating twitter sentiment analysis and stock price variations

GSE - Guide Share EuropeEkaterina Shabunina recently graduated under my supervision as a M.Sc. student of the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano with a thesis titled “Approach based on CRF to Sentiment Classification of Twitter Streams related to Companies”. Thanks to the innovation of her work, she won the Grand Prize 2013 for the GSE Academic Award for Excellence.

The work is based on the assumption that information produced and shared on social networks is getting more and more interesting as a source for inferring trends and happenings in the real world. She applied sentiment classification of Twitter streams related to companies and calculated statistical correlation analysis with the companies’ securities prices variation. Tweets are labeled with a tailored classification model, which by itself exhibits solid performance indicators, and then are correlated to stock market values. The approach applies the Conditional Random Fields probabilistic model to company-related Twitter data streams and shows that there is high correlation between the classified results and the stock market values, even when adopting a very simple feature model. In particular, it presents a near-perfect adherence of accumulated number of net positive tweets versus the stock’s closing price with an ideal level of significance of the regression and a 97.56% explanatory capacity of the achieved fitted equation in the best case.

The project will be presented on the GSE Management Summit in Barcelona on October 14th, 2013. Here is a short interview with Ekaterina.


IBM logoGSE (Guide Share Europe), a non-profit association of companies, organizations and individuals who are involved in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions based on IBM architectures, established the GSE Academic Award for Excellence for students.

Further information about the awards is available on GSE website.

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Global Awards for Excellence in BPM & Workflow – by Keith Swenson and Nathaniel Palmer

Global excellence in BPM and Workflow LogoIt’s with great pleasure that I can announce that the model-driven approach proposed by WebRatio has won the Special Mention Award within the Global Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow, promoted by WfMC,, and Future Strategies.

You can read the full announcement here and you can follow the webinar of the award ceremony on SlideShare (see below).

WebRatio has won thanks to the success story of SET Distribuzione, an Italian customer in the utility and energy sector, that obtained a saving of 300K EU per year thanks to the implemented application and experienced a process complexity reduction of around 40% (which lead to the same proportion of saved time during operations).
This has been obtained by pervasive application of MDD quick prototyping during the whole project, which granted an elapsed development time of only 3 months.

You can download the full SET Distribuzione case description from here (PDF file, 8 pages).

See and hear more in the webinar below, presented by Keith Swenson and Nathaniel Palmer.

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