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I decided to get into text mining. Considering that I have basic programming skills, and I want to do some text mining for academic purposes, plus I’ve already looked at more than 80 tools researchers use

How difficult can it be? I only need to find a question, some text, and pick a good enough tool.

My natural inclination is to do some research on research, and text mining could help me scale this up. I picked the researchgate discussion forum for my analysis, and my question: what types of questions researchers ask most commonly.

My idea for a method…

collect the questions posted to…

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Perhaps because I work for an academic publisher, but whenever I meet a founder, or a product manager, they always ask me what’s the latest academic research for their particular problem space and where or how they can find it. I get quite excited because, for me, this is the ultimate evidence of the benefits of open science, or the global push to make all publicly funded academic research freely available to all. But having all this research available does not mean it is easily discoverable and accessible. People, like my founder and product manager friends, have to figure out…

Last week I attended my second Turing lecture, and it didn’t disappoint. I heard from two incredible researchers about different uses of AI and predictive analytics in the public sphere.

Omar Guerrero, a computational social scientist, Turing fellow and currently working at UCL shared insights from a tool he’s developed using some pretty neat computational techniques to backtrack the effect of socioeconomic policies. Omar is quite passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals, but he realized that in many cases, the indicators used to measure progress in a country do not align with these goals and rarely measure the true effect…

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Well I was wrong.

Last weekend I was playing with my 7-year-old niece. It was a lot of fun! Coloring, singing and pets! When we took a break she wanted to show me her favorite TV channel. We were watching a cartoon (of course) and I suddenly felt some anger burgeoning inside me.

The main characters were female (I believe ponies or some sort of magical horses). They were friends and sisters, younger and older, going to spend some quality time together. All good so far. To bond, they started sharing their favorite campfire stories. This peaked my interest even…

A few days ago I attended a fantastic workshop with a group of innovators from across corporate London, where the facilitators encouraged us to think about the difference between creativity and innovation. They argued that creativity, especially an artist’s creativity happens in isolation, whereas innovation happens in groups. The creative comes up with the new and possibly outrageous ideas alone, whereas the innovation team is really just implementing these. The reasoning behind this difference and accepting the loner vs group theory, the facilitators argued, would enable us, the champions of innovations in the corporate world, to understand how to hire…

I never thought of what courage was or whether I had any until I volunteered to speak at The Quarter Club a few weeks ago. It was an incredible experience! And oh what an intense and anxious couple of days, building up to that hot Monday in July. All kinds of thoughts were running through my head: from doubting myself to fascination about the courage I’ve seen around me.

As I heard all the fantastic women speak before me, I was feeling even more intimidated by the breadth of courage present at the AllBright-hosted event.

In my 5 minutes, I…

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(with examples)

Whenever I think about innovation within established companies (or the innovators themselves), I always go back to Plato’s cave allegory. In a corporate structure, an innovator can sometimes feel like the prisoner that escaped and found the absolute (not perceived) source of life. Overwhelmed by knowledge and excitement, he tries to convince his prisoner mates about the way the world works, but they do not believe him, even threaten to kill. What can we do, within our own places of work, to remove or reduce this sort of barriers to innovation? I won’t even start to define innovation here, there…

by Daniela Duca.

I sometimes find myself in helpless situations when, as a business manager, I focus on business modelling, market research and UX design to test the idea or service we are building for universities. Few people get me. Some think that business modelling is just a last step to do, a form to fill in before more senior groups are about to hit the green light. I’ve heard and saw many reasons for this drive:

  • We already know what the users need
  • We must understand the technical feasibility
  • We need a product to show customers before we talk to them
  • We…

by Daniela Duca.

and the artists that changed our world

Who would have thought that a color so narrow on the visible spectrum could have more than 50 different shades and such a rich meaning. In psychology, for example, it usually represents energy and positivism; in medicine, a yellow flag means quarantine, and the yellow eye sclera indicates liver failure; in Christianity, yellow represents greed; in politics — liberalism; in literature, yellow-bound novels are the naughty ones; in journalism, it is the sensational stories; in football, as with the road signs, yelllow is a warning card; and in ancient China it used to be the exclusive color of emperors.

Emergency access only, by Daniela Duca.

Modern masterpieces have big messages. About good and evil. Right and wrong. They challenge political establishments. Or the inhumane acts of this world. Modern masterpieces excite and flummox us. They make us think and question. They are here to argue with our accepted and forgotten opinions. Sometimes, they even make us ardently want to change the world.

I am no famous artist, nor a creator of masterpieces. But I want to change at least one thing with my art. Make at least on small contribution. Not in a theoretical way, but actually quite practical. And I need your help:

Daniela D

Artist and activist in my own world =>, startup hunter at SAGE Publishing, and just interested in everything.

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