Joshua Micah Marshall at Talking Points Memo notes that The Air Force is funding a $450K 3-year project entitled “Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information.”
Among the things they’ve figured out so far, doh:
“It can be challenging for information analysts to tell what’s important in blogs unless you analyze patterns,” [senior scientist Brian] Ulicny said.
One of the problems analysts may have with blog monitoring, Ulicny noted, is there is too much actionable information for the analyst to properly analyze.
“Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself , such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.”
In other words, another study of the obvious, and no mention of conversations with actual bloggers. More like studying a frog under a microscope.
Hat tip to Alice Marshall