The workshop consisted of a series of all-day sessions in which academics from MIT, Stanford, UIUC, UMass, and Purdue, and experts from the Yahoo! Search Team and Yahoo! Research brainstormed and discussed ways to incorporate BOSS-U into academic research and teaching programs.Getting more academic involvement in what has been traditionally a very closed industrial environment is very encouraging. One of the goals is to provide academic researchers to web-scale data. To start the process, Yahoo! is being quite generous with access to their API for academic researchers. It will be interesting to see what research and ideas emerge from the collaboration.
Monday, October 6
Yahoo! BOSS-U Workshop
Recently, Yahoo! invited a group of academics from a handful of universities to talk about Yahoo! BOSS, including particpants from the CIIR here at UMass. Yahoo! has a writeup, BOSS Goes to College. I think that's my advisor, James Allan, standing towards the back in first picture. As Yahoo! writes: