I know there’s lots of interesting stuff coming out at the Chirp Twitter developer conference this week, and I’m still catching up on it all. But I am happy to point folks to a Google Labs application that was announced this morning: Follow Finder.
This just in: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, two of the biggest rock stars in the world of data visualization (their long list of accomplishments includes Many Eyes and the Baby Name Voyager), have left IBM to form their own company, Flowing Media, headquartered in Cambridge, MA. As they wrote me, “if you know of anyone who has interesting data and would like help bringing it to life, spread the word.”
I am very excited for them, and am eagerly anticipating the work they will produce as free agents.
I haven’t talked much about TunkRank in the past months, largely because Jason Adams, who stepped up to the TunkRank Implementation Challenge last year, has been leading the charge. Indeed, all I did, beyond lending my first syllable to its name, was to propose the measure and get it implemented “Tom Sawyer” style.
Dinesh Vadhia, CEO and founder of “item search” company Xyggy, has been an active member of the Noisy Community for at least a year, and it is with pleasure that I publish this guest post by him, University of Cambridge / CMU Professor Zoubin Ghahramani, and University of Cambridge / Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit researcher Katherine Heller. I’ve annotated the post with Wikipedia links in the hope of making it more accessible to readers without a background in statistics or machine learning.
The 4th Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR 2010) will be held in conjunction with the IIiX 2010 conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey on August 22, 2010. We’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dan Russell from Google. New for this year, we will also be running an HCIR Challenge based on The New York Times Annotated Corpus!
I have had 10 invites for Quora, a social search site launched earlier this year by a bunch of ex-Facebookers (including former CTO Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever (who previously led Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect)–and which was just funded at an $86M valuation. Put your email address in a comment or communicated it to me by some other means if you’d like one. I’m pretty sure all new users get 10 invites, so please share the love if I run out. Also, I believe you need to have a Facebook account in order to register (using Facebook Connect).