René Pickhardt on May 15th, 2012

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Excerpt: After a series of successes of the German pirate party in elections there came up a big discussion on the German web about copyright in the publishing industry. see for example: we are the creators we are the citizens and I am the bad girl even new collecting companies (as competitor to GEMA) are about to be established Being myself a member of the pirate party people often assume that I want to legalize file sharing and make music free of charge for anybody. Even though I think this can be a smart move in online music marketing I don’t follow these goals. After a huge…

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Excerpt: If I were a criminal I would create a smart phone app which would give me the possability to geographically and socially track policemen. Here some background on this thought. Yesterday I was sitting in the German summit on “Facebook Goolgle & Co – Chances and Risks” (which I will blog about soon) But today during my train trip to the second day of the summit I was sitting in the train talking to a very friendly police officer. He agreed with what was said on the summit. The police is using social networks to find potential criminals. They also use…

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The statement already got twittered by my colleague Thomas Gottron and retweeted by many others

I am at www2012 conference and after the keynote by Neelie Kroes there was a panel discussion with her, Tim Berners Lee and Gille Babinet. The discussion was about the question “Weather access to an open internet should be a human right?” Clearly knowing where I am standing on this issue (yes it should be!) I was very happy that this question was discussed in front of such an audience. Tim Berners Lee obviously agreed on this point and Neelie Kroes really had some…

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René Pickhardt on April 18th, 2012

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Excerpt: disclaimer: this is a very sloppy summary of the keynote speech of Sir Tim Berners Lee. It is neither spellchecked it was taking as notes while sitting inside. I hope I find the time after www2012 to go over it and improve it. take aways Decentralized design that is very important. and if you talk about the centralized system like DNS vs internet there are really social issiues that you are talking about. look at the way w3c builds standards it is hard. It is a huge organizsation and they have to work together but also be split into modular groups. IDEA 1 Mobile…

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Excerpt: The reading club was quite inactive due to traveling and also a not optimal process for the choice of literature. That is why a new format for the reading club has been discussed and agreed upon.  The new Format means that we have 4 new rules we will only discuss up to 3 papers in 90 minutes of time. So rough speaking we have 30 minutes per paper but this does not have to be strict. The decided papers should be read by everyone before the reading club takes place. For every paper there is one responsible person (moderator) who did read the entire…

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René Pickhardt on March 27th, 2012

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Excerpt: Over the last week we had our off campus meeting with a lot of communication training (very good and fruitful) as well as a special treatment for some PhD students called “massage your diss”. I was one of the lucky students who were able to discuss our research ideas with a post doc and other PhD candidates for more than 6 hours. This lead to the structure, todos and time table of my PhD proposal. This has to be finalized over the next couple days but I already want to share the structure in order to make it more real….

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Excerpt: 6 months of hard coding and supervising by me are over and end with a huge success! After analyzing 80 GB of Google ngrams data Paul and Till put them to a neo4j graph data base in order to make predictions for fast scentence completion. Today was the award ceremony and the two students from Darmstadt and Saarbrücken (respectivly) won the first place. Additionally the received the “beste schöpferische Arbeit” award. Which is the award for the best project in the entire competition (over all disciplines). With their technology and the almost finnished android app typing will be revolutionized! While typing…

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René Pickhardt on March 13th, 2012

The following info graphic for businesses was released by Chris Brogan and demonstrates quite well why musicians should get on Google Plus and how to use it. It is released under a creative commons licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ Very good work!

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Excerpt: Amazing! Today I had a discussion with a coworker about transparency and the way companies should be more open about what they are doing! And what happens on the same day? One of my favourite webcompanies has decided to publish a short video taken from the weekly search quality meeting! The proposed change by Lars Hellsten is that instead of only checking the first 10 words for possible spelling corrections one could predict which two words are most likely spelled wrong and add an additional window of +-5 words around them. They discuss how this change has much better scores than…

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René Pickhardt on March 12th, 2012

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Excerpt: Recently I visited my friend Heinrich Hartmann in Oxford. We talked about various issues how research is done in these days and how the web could theoretically help to spread information faster and more efficiently connect people interested in the same paper / topics. The idea of http://www.related-work.net was born. A scientific platform which is open source and open data and tries to solve those problems. But we did not want to reinvent the wheel. So we did some research on existing online solutions and also asked people from various disciplines to name their problems. Find below our product requirement document! If…

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