Final Progress Post

This is a mandatory blog post required by the JISC Rapid Innovation (JISCRI) programme and follows a prescribed format. SubSift is a six-month project funded under JISCRI and is due to finish at the end of January 2010.

Title of Primary Project Output:

SubSift: matches submitted conference or journal papers to potential peer reviewers based on similarity to published works.

Screenshots or diagram of prototype:

SubSift workflow

Description of Prototype:

SubSift is an innovative “submission sifting” application developed by the Intelligent Systems group at the University of Bristol to support academic peer review. SubSift matches submitted conference or journal papers to potential peer reviewers based on their similarity to published works of prospective reviewers in online bibliographic databases, such as Google Scholar. In the JISCRI SubSift Services project, the ILRT redeveloped SubSift into a collection of web services designed to support not only peer review but also personalised data discovery and mashups in tools like Yahoo! Pipes.

End User of Prototype:

  • Conference programme committee (pc) chairs and pc members
  • Workshop, symposium, tutorial and other event organisers
  • Journal editors
  • Bid and proposal reviewers

Link to working prototype:

Link to end user documentation:

Link to code repository or API:

Link to technical documentation:

  • Practical details of installation and running SubSift are available via:
    http://code.google.com/p/subsift
  • SubSift related pipes on Yahoo! Pipes are labelled with the tag subsift and may be viewed as source, copied and subsequently modified. See:
    http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/search?r=tag:subsift
  • An article in the December 2009 issue of ACM SIGKDD Explorations, explains in detail how the SubSift software matches submitted conference papers to potential peer reviewers based on similarity to published works. This “how it works” article, titled “Novel Tools To Streamline the Conference Review Process: Experiences from SIGKDD’09“, has been co-authored by the developers of SubSift at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Microsoft Research, Cambridge and Rensselaer Polytechnic, New York.
    http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/Publications/Papers/2001111.pdf

Date prototype was launched:

  • 15 January 2010 – SubSift Services demo launch on Yahoo! Pipes.
  • 28 November 2009 – Updated SubSift Tools prototype used for PAKDD10 conference peer review.
  • 27 October 2009 – SubSift Tools prototype first used for SDM10 conference peer review.

Project Team Names, Emails and Organisations:

  • Nikki Rogers, nikki.rogers@bristol.ac.uk, ILRT, University of Bristol
  • Simon Price, simon.price@bristol.ac.uk, ILRT, University of Bristol
  • Chris Bailey, c.bailey@bristol.ac.uk, ILRT, University of Bristol
  • Peter Flach, peter.flach@bristol.ac.uk, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol

Project Website:

http://subsift.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/

PIMS entry:

https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1353

Table of Content for Project Posts:

Project Overviews

Software Outputs

User Experiences

Technical Issues

Background Theory