Summarize large discussion threads.

Summarize with Wikum

By harnessing the power of people backed by state-of-the-art human-computer interaction and machine learning techniques, users get complete control over the collaborative summarization process.

How does it work?

Select

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Through Wikum's easy-to-navigate tree visualization, you can get a snapshot of the various comments, replies, and existing summaries of the entire discussion thread.

You can click, drag-to-select, Command/Ctrl-click, and expand or collapse replies using the visualization in order to select the discussion level at which you want read or summarize.

Summarize

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After selecting a comment or a subtree or group of comments, you can write a summary of these comments, with the help of automatically highlighted important sentences, and features to add citations. You can also tag, hide, or automatically cluster comments to organize the discussion.

Wikum uses a recursive summarization approach, allowing you to build summaries on top of other summaries, your own or others. That is, once you've written a summary of a subset of comments, another summary can summarize a larger subset of comments, taking into account your summary.

Moderate

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With the ability to flag and edit summaries as well as see the entire edit history, Wikum empowers the community to keep track of who has participated and the overall quality of summaries.

Features

Tags and Clusters

By adding auto-suggested or user-generated tags as well as automatic clustering, similar comments can be grouped together for further action.

Flags

Flags empower users to highlight when summaries need further work due to incompleteness, non-neutral language, or writing quality.

Edit

From a wiki philosophy, Wikum permits users edit any existing summaries to make them better. User permissions are also controllable for those wishing a private workspace.

History

Wikum keeps a log of all edits so that the community can see who has edited each summary and keep a record of all activities.

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Import Discussions

Wikum has both public and private workspaces for summarizing discussions. Explore and contribute to public summaries of discussions or log in to create a private workspace for yourself and your collaborators.

Currently, Wikum supports pulling discussion from Wikipedia Talk Pages, Disqus forums on articles, Reddit, Decide Madrid, JOIN Taiwan, and mbox email files.

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Source Code

We believe in open source software and invite you to collaborate with us on our Github repository.

Research

We have written research papers about Wikum and are actively conducting additional studies.

Core Team

Wikum researchers at Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

Amy Zhang

Creator

David R. Karger

Creator

Additional Contributors

Current and former graduate and undergraduate students in the Haystack Group at MIT CSAIL.

Jane Im

Contributor

Sunny Tian

Contributor

Lea Verou

Contributor

Wikum @ ICDemocracia17

Wikum Collaborators at Collective Intelligence for Democracy 2017
Medialab Prado, Madrid.

Abhishek Srivastava

Contributor

Daniel Curto-Milet

Contributor

Pablo Aragón

Contributor

Berenice

Contributor

Ramla

Contributor

Julio Reyes

Contributor

Alejandra Monroy

Contributor

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