It’s official: The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant of $179,594 to Purdue University for support of the project “KredibleNet – Building a research community and proposing a research agenda for the study and modeling of reputation and authority across informal knowledge markets” under the direction of Sorin Adam Matei (Pi), Elisa Bertino (coPI), Michael Zhu (coPI), and Chuanhai Liu (coPI).
The ultimate goal of KredibleNet is to shape the next generation of theoretical and analytic strategies needed for understanding how knowledge markets are influenced by social interactions and reputations. The community discussions will ensure that the infrastructure developed to fill the current conceptualization and measurement gaps, data management capabilities and analytic tools will provide as much benefit as possible to all the related fields in industry and the sciences; they will also likely give rise to new research synergies. The tools that will be developed will render the existing large databases amenable to analysis allowing scholars and practitioners to address a broad set of questions and gain valuable insights. The potential users of these tools, data, and ideas are quite widespread extending to multiple scholarly domains, policy communities, and industry partners. They will be made available publicly, so others may benefit from the results of this project to develop the next generation of “information gauges” that can help tomorrow’s information consumers make smarter choices.
About the founders:
Kredible.net is a project initiated by Sorin Adam Matei (PI), Elisa Bertino, director of the Purdue University Cybercenter, Michael Zhu, and Chunhuai Lu (co PIs) at Purdue University. It’s main collaborators are Marc Smith (Social Media Foundtion) and Luca De Alfaro (WikiTrust). The project is supported by the Social Media Research Foundation and relies on a network of scholars from Stanford University (Jure Leskovec), Oxford Internet Institute (Bernie Hogan), University of Maryland (Ben Shneiderman). Yahoo and IBM are also among the supporting organizations.