QF research institute partners with UN to launch search engine for diplomats

09 Mar 2022 315 views

The social computing group at Qatar Computing Research Institute has developed a web tool called Diplomatic Pulse which allows users to quickly search for official statements and press releases from all member states of the United Nations (UN).
Based on a close partnership with the UN, the work was led by Dr. Ingmar Weber, Research Director of the Social Computing Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Qatar Foundation’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Speaking on how the idea was born, Dr. Weber said: “We were participating in a workshop on how to use new technologies for conflict prevention and peacemaking, and that is when the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UNDPPA) expressed their struggle with the lack of a database that consolidates official statements made by UN member states on a specific topic. The only way to do it then was to go to each country’s official website and find it which was a tedious and time-consuming process.”
Dr. Weber is a German data scientist who has been based in Qatar for the past nine years. His interdisciplinary research looks at what online user-generated data can tell us about the offline world and society at large.

Article Link:https://www.qf.org.qa/stories/qf-research-institute-partners-with-un-to-launch-search-engine-for-diplomats

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