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What I miss the most these days is live music. Ideally in small venues, noisy, loud, sweaty, slightly overbooked. But any live music would do. really, to help forget this pandemic induced misery!!

Here a wonderful registration of Kevin Morby palying Paris, France. Join me in playing it out loud (no worries, this is very mellow).

VanWyck - Make Of Me (Live at the Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam)

I had tickets for Tivoli Vredenburg... well, such is life in pandemics.

University of Washington at TREC 2020 Fairness Ranking Track. (arXiv:2011.02066v1 [cs.IR])

De VS hebben hun verkiezingen bijna net zo goed georganiseerd als NL haar Corona testen. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

To everyone joining right now:

Welcome to the fediverse. With your account on you get access to people from lots of other Mastodon servers (in fact, this message you're reading originates from!). You can follow people from these other servers and you can even move your account (incl. your followers) to another server. Beyond that server stuff the UI should be familiar enough, there's a lot of mobile apps.


Looks like #youtube-dl development has been temporally resumed on GitLab (the latest commits are GPG signed with the same key that was used on the official GitHub repo)

And as usual, here's a mirror:

When you thought you caught up...

Google releasing mT5: A massively-multilingual version of T5 that supports over ๐Ÿ’ฏ languages! mT5 was pre-trained on a multilingual version of C4 and achieves SoTA on many cross-lingual NLP tasks.


Interesting uses of Google Trends data to understand election themes throughout the years.

Flexible retrieval with NMSLIB and FlexNeuART. (arXiv:2010.14848v1 [cs.IR])

PhD student Ivan Veul vertelt op radio Nijmegen over zijn onderzoek naar wat we mogen verwachten van Big Tech partijen als Google, en hoe hij voor zijn onderzoek een (online!) burgerdialoog heeft georganiseerd over de toekomst van het internet, met honderd mensen.


Meer informatie over Ivan's onderzoek:

Meer informatie over de burgerdialoog:

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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.