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Tracking the virality of news in Smart Cities

Hasham, Khawar; Soomro, Kamran; Ludlow, David

Authors

Khawar Hasham mian.ahmad@uwe.ac.uk

David Ludlow David.Ludlow@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in European Smart Cities



Abstract

Effective communication with citizens is an important goal of smart cities. To this end the digital age offers many mechanisms to not only enable timely communication, but also bilateral communication. Mechanisms such as blog posts and online press releases allow cities and organisations to leverage these benefits. However, to assess the efficacy of these communication mechanisms, cities need to track the virality of the news they publish. To this end we propose a novel architecture that uses natural language processing techniques to track not only the resharing of the original articles, but also other articles and posts about that article. We have developed a prototype implementation of this article and present the interface as well as the results of performance tests.

Citation

Hasham, K., Soomro, K., & Ludlow, D. (2017, December). Tracking the virality of news in Smart Cities. Paper presented at The 4th International Workshop on Smart City Clouds: Technologies, Systems and Applications

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name The 4th International Workshop on Smart City Clouds: Technologies, Systems and Applications.
Start Date Dec 5, 2017
End Date Dec 8, 2017
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2017
Journal Fourth international workshop on Smart City Clouds: Technologies, Systems and Applications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 181-185
Book Title UCC '17 Companion - Companion Proceedings of the10th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing
ISBN 9781450351959
Keywords news tracking, smart cities communication, news clustering
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3147234.3148089
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : The 4th International Workshop on Smart City Clouds: Technologies, Systems and Applications