Supervised and unsupervised machine learning approach to the CMS data quality monitoring

The CMS experiment at the LHC is one of the biggest and most complex general purpose detectors ever built. The constant monitoring of the data quality is vital to guarantee a proper and efficient operation of the detector and reliable physics... continue reading

From Budapest via San Francisco to The Hague: a bird's eye view of two dozen scholarly communication charters.

Idea: speeding up the transition towards a scholarly commons by summarizing and reviewing existing charters and pinpointing where there’s still work to be done.

Science is in transition. But in what direction, demanded by whom, accepted by whom... continue reading

Teen-Driven Open Science

Through the Hive Mapping Cooperative, five youth-serving organizations in Chicago have been working to develop shared systems for teens to collect, analyze, visualize, and share georeferenced data using free and open... continue reading

Modify and run other people's research code in your browser

Science makes progress by reusing results and building on them. For research software this is pretty hard (the people writing it often do not have the time to make slick installers like big libraries do). As a result there is not as much reuse as... continue reading

Coffee reuse and pre-consumer vs post-consumer waste recycling

After it was reported that used coffee grounds could be converted into a useful product it was suggested in the Times Higher Education (10 Sept 2015) that this could be a reason for the end user of coffee to use fresh rather than instant coffee.... continue reading

Mythology and ancient origins of the domestic dog

The use of appropriate statistical techniques applied to myths and folktales concerning domestic animals may provide valuable informations as to their origin and... continue reading

Open Cosmics: cosmic-ray physics for everyone

Simple devices like Cloud Chambers, Bubble Chambers, CosmicPi and Crayfis allow us to detect particle decays from cosmic rays which are not visible to the naked eye. Cloud Chambers and Bubble Chambers were used for particle physics research at... continue reading

Donation-Driven Open Science Journal

Why should taxpayers and funding agencies pay journal publication fees and open access charges? I propose creating a new open access journal funded entirely through donations and foundation funding. The journal would be administered by a... continue reading

GeoTag-X: crowdsourced photo analysis for humanitarian crises

Photos taken in disaster situations and other humanitarian crises by different people on the ground can potentially be a powerful resource for the response teams. Unfortunately, the manpower needed to process the incredible number of photos coming... continue reading


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