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René Pickhardt on March 27th, 2012

Archived; click post to view. 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 [...]

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Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Filip Stilin is the frontman of House on Mars a promesing young croation band (check out their music on bandcamp). He loves music and online marketing so he read my blog and sent me and email with a couple of interesting observations and questions. I got his permission to [...]

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Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: I am one of the web pioneers but this is about the most amazing thing that I will be witnessing on the web as long as I can remember. Tomorrow on January 18th the english version of Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours to protest two upcoming (?) [...]

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Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: UPDATE: the paper got accepted at SOCIALCOM2012 and the source code and data sets are online especially the source code of the graphity server software is now online! UPDATE II: Download the paper (11 Pages from Social Com 2012 with Co Authors: Thomas Gottron, Jonas Kunze, Ansgar Scherp and Steffen Staab) [...]

Continue reading about Graphity: An efficient Graph Model for Retrieving the Top-k News Feeds for users in social networks

René Pickhardt on August 17th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Today i want to introduce you to a project that is very important to me! It is called Teach First Germany and follows the model of the uk based idea of teach first (see wikipedia). I don’t know if one could really call it social entrepreneurship but I would [...]

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René Pickhardt on June 13th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: I just realized that I wasn’t to active in this section of my blog. While thinking about Internet business models I tried to generalize the ideas behind some products and companies I know of. This results in my rather uncomplete list of Internet Business Models that I know of. [...]

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René Pickhardt on June 9th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Today I want to talk about one of my favourite Internet start ups. It is called Metaweb. Metaweb was founded in 2005. To my knowledge it had two rounds of investment (all together about 60 Million US Dollar) and it was bought by Google in June 2010. So why [...]

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René Pickhardt on May 17th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Since my blog post on Eli Pariser’s Ted talk about the filter bubble became quite popular and a lot of people seem to be interested in which 57 signals Google would use to filter search results I decided to extend the list from my article and list the signals [...]

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René Pickhardt on March 16th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Linked open data or the web of data is the main concept and idea of the semantic web proposed by Tim Berners-Lee. The semantic web is often also referred to as web3.0. But what is the difference of the Internet as we know it by now and the web [...]

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René Pickhardt on February 15th, 2011

Recently there was a lot of news on the Web about IBM’s natural language processing system Watson. As you might have heard right now Watson is challenging two of the best Jeopardy players in the US. A lot of news magazines compare Watson with Google which is the reason for this article. Even though the algorithms behind Watson and Google are not open source still a lot of estimates and guesses can be made about the algorithms both computer systems use in order to give intelligent answers to the questions people ask them. Based on this guesses I will explain the differences between Google and Watson.

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