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Dear all,

For now, I will keep the site closed for registrations; but everyone can independently invite people to join using the following link to generate an invite:

If you know someone who wants to join this instance, then please do give them an invite!

Consider the instance open for those who know anyone on

"Sense of community" and an initial seed of some 40 IR researchers should be enough to keep those spammers out of here and still grow the club!

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Computer scientist 👨‍🏫 with main focus on Information Retrieval 📄

Also interested in Data Science / Big Data 💾

In the previous millennium :mastodon: a PhD on Multimedia Databases 🎥 (Yes that was a respectable research topic once upon a time pre-birdsite!)

is my academic home.

Entrepreneur: co-founder of ( admin.

Loves indie music: follow me at @arjenpdevries if you are interested in gigs, events, etc.

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Knowledge frees humanity.

Thank you, corpus of Visual Metaphores!

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Inaugural toots on using a photo of lunch with Nick Belkin after attending the now Dr. Hugo Huurdeman defense.

See also:

For clarification (to previous boost):
the Sweeney study showed that 87% of the US population can be identified by zipcode, sex and birthdate.

See also:

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In her paper Only You, Your Doctor, and Many Others May Know Sweeney says that her research was unwelcome. Over 20 journals turned down her paper on the Weld study, and nobody wanted to fund privacy research that might reach uncomfortable conclusions.

For those of you new to the #Fediverse and #Mastodon, I've compiled a short list of useful tools that might help you make the most of your time here. Please feel free to take a look, if you so wish.

#reintroductions | #introductions

Hello all!
This is the official Mastodon account for #Aardwolf-social (abbr. Aardwolf), the Facebook replacement project.

If you are into #WebDev, #RustLang, or related areas of expertise we would love to have you! Newbies are always encouraged. Projects are great way to learn things, and we are a friendly bunch of folks. (temporary url while fixing DNS problem)

@Gargron I think is a fantastic lobby, it's where we land first, sign in. Then we all book party rooms and sleeping rooms and event rooms and join our convention; but we all wander back to the lobby because it's a quality mixing space and it's so interesting to see who passes through.

I did have accounts on the usual suspects of social media, but always very passive. Just joined Mastodon and it feels good. Even good enough for me to start sharing my thoughts.

I spent my time making good stuff better. Especially when this involves subjects like humans, data, visuals, electronics, ethics and privacy.

You can find me hanging around in the big cities of Holland, in the forest (with or without my MTB), at festivals and driving my cabrio on Europe's scenic roads.

@arjen and I actually find FF mobile is superior to Chrome on mobile in pretty much every way

Prismo has now a Bountysource profile!

It let's you post a bounty for any feature you want to be implemented. When feature ships, author of the code receives raised bounty. It can be anyone, not just Prismo team member! :)

#Solid isn't new, but now that there is #Inrupt it's described as a new idea. It looks like tech journalists only consider corporate or start-up backed technology worthy of coverage.

Not sure what I hate more. Debugging problems with SSL and certificates or debugging problems with SELinux and firewalls... 🧟‍♂️

Proud contributor to "Being Profiled: Cogito Ergo Sum":

A book in the occasion of 10 years of ‘PROFILING THE EUROPEAN CITIZEN’, an EU funded project that covered the downsides of profiling very early on, initiated by Prof. Mireille Hildebrand and colleagues.

Want to attend the presentation of the first copy to Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in DG JUSTICE at the European Commission, and
a panel discussion between representatives from Microsoft, UCL and SAS?

Announcement of exposition of paintings by the Utrecht based artist John Hoy, in Hooghiemstra.

@djoerd want to travel via HH / spinque on the way to EUT in Merleyn?

FishNet: A Versatile Backbone for Image, Region, and Pixel Level Prediction

@hiemstra @arjen @anildash Ok, kinda works.

FYI. Will probably only work best on instances that don't have more than 1 post per minute.

@arjen it's definitely time to take action and stop using chrome whenever possible

Happy Birthday to Nijmegen's Doornroosje, 50 years of the best live music, today!

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.