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18 March: Norvig Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Update (19 March): See the photos of the event.

On 18 March, starting at 15.45 h. until 17.30 h. the Norvig Web Data Science Award Ceremony takes place in the SmartXP lab in building Zilverling of the University of Twente. During the ceremony, Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, will award the prize (funds to attend the 2013 edition of SIGIR in Dublin Ireland, a tablet, and a lightening talk at Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam) to the winners via a live video connection from California, USA. Participation in the event is free of charge. Please register by sending your name and affiliation to: Students and researchers will get the opportunity to ask questions to Peter Norvig during the event. If you have a good question, please send it to the email address above too: Maybe your question will be selected to be asked at the event.

Peter Norvig
Announcement at Inter-Actief

More information at U. Twente Activities

The Winners of The Norvig Web Data Science Award

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, posted by Lisa Green

by Lisa Green (Common Crawl)

We are very excited to announce that the winners of the Norvig Web Data Science Award: Lesley Wevers, Oliver Jundt, and Wanno Drijfhout from the University of Twente! The Norvig Web Data Science Award was created by Common Crawl and SURFsara to encourage research in web data science and named in honor of distinguished computer scientist Peter Norvig.

There were many excellent submissions that demonstrated how you can extract valuable insight and knowledge from web crawl data. Be sure to check out the work of the winning team, Traitor – Associating Concepts Using The World Wide Web, and the other finalists on the award website. You will find descriptions of the projects as well as links to the code that was used. We hope that these projects will serve as an inspiration for what kind of work can be done with the Common Crawl corpus. All code is open source and we are looking forward to seeing it reused and adapted for other projects.

A huge thank you to our distinguished panel of judges: Peter Norvig, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Hilary Mason, Jimmy Lin, and Evert Lammerts!

Added on 18 March: Award winners Oliver Jundt, Wanno Drijfhout, and Lesley Wevers with their prize: a high-end Android tablet!

Participate in the Dutch Common Crawl Challenge

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

What can you do with 6 billion webpages?

Together with Common Crawl and SARA, we invite students and researchers studying at or employed by research institutes or universities in the Netherlands to dive into the Common Crawl web corpus using the SARA Hadoop service. The best submission will receive the The Norvig Web Data Science Award, a tablet, and 1500 Euro to spend on travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee for SIGIR 2013 to be held in Dublin, Ireland.

The award is named after Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research with a resume too impressive to summarize. Peter is on the advisory board of Common Crawl, and is chair of the jury for this award. Other jury members are Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo!), Hilary Mason (, Jimmy Lin (University of Maryland), and Evert Lammerts (SARA).

Find out more at the Norvig Award page at Github, the Common Crawl Blog, or come to the Inter-Actief Challenges Information Lunch on 22 November at 12.30h. in Absint.