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Abstract

The Europe Media Monitor action develops advanced web mining and information extraction tools for application to electronic Media Monitoring and Open Source Intelligence. Media Monitoring addresses a direct need of all Commission Services to follow news reports in their policy areas. Dedicated systems are developed to allow DGs to edit newsletters, to feed topic-specific news to their Intranet, and to create alerting systems. DG COMM is the main client for daily reviews and alerts for Commission spokespersons and Cabinets.
The Internet is the richest reservoir of human knowledge that has ever existed. Advanced software tools are needed to monitor and process the vast amount of material available online. Commission services and Governmental bodies need to monitor Europe's press reports, and to research and analyse past events. Law enforcement agencies and counter-terrorism analysts need tools which enable them to mine the Internet and process thousands of documents to identify patterns and produce evidence. These tools 1) Retrieve documents from the Internet according to user-specified criteria and then 2) extract information and "facts" from resultant reserves of unstructured text. They also should be multilingual and be able to function in any world language. This is a very active area of research internationally with many security-related applications. Specific application areas are: Non-Proliferation of WMD, counter-terrorism intelligence, health threat monitoring and early warning for manmade and natural disasters.

Additional information

Authors: HALKIA S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);BEST C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);STEINBERGER R, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007. 16 pp, free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: LB-76-06-422-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at: http://bookshop.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN 92-79-034
Record Number: 200819838 / Last updated on: 2008-05-05
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en