Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Dec. 11, 2006

Talk On Web Knowledge, Text Mining To Be Held Dec. 14

Information mining on the Web will be the topic of discussion at a free, public talk from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St. A talk, "Discovering Hidden Knowledge From the Web," will be given by Padmini Srinivasan, University of Iowa professor of library and information science and management sciences.

Srinivasan, a Research Fellow in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, says that although the Web is a mammoth repository of information, there is hidden knowledge residing on it. For example, two Web pages viewed together may reveal interesting ideas that are not visible when the pages are viewed separately. That and other "text mining" strategies are aimed at discovering new knowledge from the many large text collections on the Web. Text mining is about automatically -- or at least semi-automatically -- discovering new associations and trends, she says.

The talk is the last to be presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City during the fall 2006 semester. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,