Translational argument technology: Engineering a step change in the argument web

John Lawrence (Lead / Corresponding author), Jacky Visser, Chris Reed

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Following the establishment in 2006 of a representational standard for the computational handling of structures of argumentation, the Argument Interchange Format, it became possible to develop a vision for the coherent integration of multifarious services, components and tools that create, consume, navigate, analyse, evaluate and manipulate arguments and debates. This vision was the Argument Web with theoretical foundations laid by Rahwan et al. (2007), and practical engineering work described by Bex et al. (2013). Over the intervening period, the key challenge has been to demonstrate the practical and societal value of the Argument Web by taking its tools and applications to larger audiences. This paper lays out three approaches by which the Argument Web has been scaled up in this way, each in partnership with the BBC, and each with different kinds of evaluation and impact. Transitioning these technologies to large user groups paves the way for broader-scale uptake of the Argument Web and heralds the translation from lab to real-world application for a substantial research community working in argument technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100786
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Web Semantics
Early online date14 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


  • Argument analytics
  • Argument mining
  • Argument technology
  • Argument web
  • Argumentation
  • Debate technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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