Automatic Classification of Springer Nature Proceedings with Smart Topic Miner

Osborne, Francesco; Salatino, Angelo; Birukou, Aliaksandr and Motta, Enrico (2016). Automatic Classification of Springer Nature Proceedings with Smart Topic Miner. In: The 15th International Semantic Web Conference, 17-21 Oct 2016, Kobe, Japan.


The process of classifying scholarly outputs is crucial to ensure timely access to knowledge. However, this process is typically carried out manually by expert editors, leading to high costs and slow throughput. In this paper we present Smart Topic Miner (STM), a novel solution which uses semantic web technologies to classify scholarly publications on the basis of a very large automatically generated ontology of research areas. STM was developed to support the Springer Nature Computer Science editorial team in classifying proceedings in the LNCS family. It analyses in real time a set of publications provided by an editor and produces a structured set of topics and a number of Springer Nature Classification tags, which best characterise the given input. In this paper we present the architecture of the system and report on an evaluation study conducted with a team of Springer Nature editors. The results of the evaluation, which showed that STM classifies publications with a high degree of accuracy, are very encouraging and as a result we are currently discussing the required next steps to ensure large-scale deployment within the company.

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