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If airlines and banks need to be saved by tax money in tough times, why keep on pretending those are independent companies and not really government institutions? Why pay their leaders high salaries 10x more than gvt officials and why pay their owners dividend if we all own them clearly??

The third BIR greeting note came from Suzan Verberne from Leiden University: (sorry wasn’t able to post yesterday).

cybercriticus Marietje Schaake (D66) wordt door Volkskrant geinterviewd via Zoom....
VK: "Waarom gebruiken we Zoom?"
MS: "Gemak gaat snel boven veiligheid" en "...omdat iedereen het nu eenmaal gebruikt"

Het lijkt wel een stel kinderen die geen eigen verantwoordelijkheid kennen...

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges

Volunteers have donated over one exaflop of processing power to Folding@Home, making it the world’s fastest supercomputer.

The programme of the 10th International Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR 2020) at ECIR 2020 is out - Like the rest of ECIR, the workshop will be online. Please drop me a note if you want to participate - it's free!

As a countdown to our 10th International Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval we are posting a greeting note per day. First one is by Andrea Scharnhorst

More info about BIR 2020 at The workshop will be online only - please let me know if you'd like to attend!

Fred Hamprecht presents the community wiki with data and resources to fight COVID-19

Spooky, Mihaela van der Schaar's very accurately predicts patient mortality. Much better than the Charlson comorbidity index that is often used to decide who will be treated!

Yoshua Bengio asks: Should we track everyone's phone to fight COVID-19? Of course not! right?

Guenter Klambauer on the use of machine learning to predict good medicines for COVID-19.

Christopher Mason's lab is sampling and testing around the world, contributing to NextStrain as well.

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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.