Expressing argumentative discussions in social media sites
Online discussions contain hidden semantics which machines can't easily parse, including argumentation.
Forums and blog discussions, wiki discussions and bug tracking are presented as places argumentative discussions happen; these use cases motivate the need for an argumentation model for SIOC. In wikis, structured argumentation already happens using the DILIGENT ontology, on http://wiki.openmath.org/
An IBIS-based argumentation model for SIOC is presented (Fig 3), however using it presents several issues: "Once the software supports the SIOC argumentation in principle, the next challenge is acquiring information about argumentative structures in discussions. This could be done automatically, or by letting the users annotate their posts manually."
- An opinion in a blog posts could be responded to with comments that agree or disagree.
- Determining the location of a meeting for a discussion thread on a forum or bulletin board.
- Wiki discussions
- Bug tracking
This paper is updated by An Abstract Framework for Modeling Argumentation in Virtual Communities, which presents a related argumentation model, while addressing the granularity concerns raised in this article. It also references work on SWiM (Arguing on issues with mathematical knowledge items in a semantic wiki) and DILIGENT(An Argumentation Ontology for Distributed, Loosely-controlled and evolvInG Engineering processes of oNTologies (DILIGENT))
The related work section is quite useful, referencing related theories, models, and applications.
- U. Bojārs, J. G. Breslin, V. Peristeras, G. Tummarello, and S. Decker. Interlinking the social Web with semantics. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 23(3), May/June 2008.
- C. Lange, T. Hastrup, and S. Corlosquet. Arguing on issues with mathematical knowledge items in a semantic wiki. In J. Baumeister and M. Atzmüller, editors, LWA, 2008.
- C. Tempich, H. S. Pinto, Y. Sure, and S. Staab. An Argumentation Ontology for Distributed, Loosely-controlled and evolvInG Engineering processes of oNTologies (DILIGENT). In ESWC 2005, pages 241–256, 2005.
Theoretical and practical relevance:
Users will be able to get machines to do some for the work for them!