The Internet Memory Foundation has been involved in a three-year European project: the LivingKnowledge Project No. 231126 (2009-2012), funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Research Framework Programme under the FET-Proactive: ICT Forever Yours Programme.

The vision inspiring LivingKnowledge is to consider diversity an asset and to make it traceable, understandable and exploitable, with the goal to improve navigation and search in very large multimodal datasets (e.g. the Web itself). LivingKnowledge will study the effect of diversity and time on opinions and bias, a topic of great interest for Web Archives. We envisage a future where search and navigation tools (e.g., search engines) will automatically classify and organize opinions and bias (about, e.g., global warming or the Olympic games in China) and, therefore, will produce more insightful, better organized, easier-to-understand output.

LivingKnowledge employs interdisciplinary competences and will construct a very large testbed, integrating many years of Web history and value-added knowledge, state-of-the-art search technology and the results of the project. The testbed will be made available for experimentation, dissemination, and exploitation.

The project lead is the University of Trento in Italy. The other partners involved are Yahoo! Research Barcelona in Spain, SORA (Institute for Social Research and Analysis) in Austria, CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le telecomunicazioni) in Italy, the University of Pavia in Italy, the University of Southampton in the UK, ISI (Documentation Research and Training Center) in India, L3S (Leibniz Universitat Hannover) in Germany, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik in Germany.

For more information on LivingKnowledge, please visit the Project website.