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Hack Project Ideas

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  • ArXiv alerts. Allow users to personalise paper listings from the arXiv and track authors and keywords. [Ruth]
  • haikubot. Make a bot that tweets haikus found in arXiv papers posted that day. [Ruth]
  • Outreach Map. Create a map which indicates the nearest professional astronomy department for any place on the British Isles, count the number of people in each "catchment area", and compute the number of professional astronomers per citizen within it. [Geert]
  * I love this. Voronoi binning the UK based on proximity to professional astronomers. Nice. :) [Karen]
  • Acknowledgement Parser. Parse the acknowledgements section of a large number of papers, identify the people and software that are most frequently mentioned, and give these credit on a web page. [Geert]
* This exists in ADS - in the search box use ack:"XXXX" to search the acknowledgment section of any paper. [Karen]
  • Gendered Letter of Recommendation Checker. Madera, Hebl & Martin (2009, pdf link) found significant and important differences in words used in letters of recommendation for women or men in academia. I'd like to make a tool which allows plain text upload of (annonymised) letters and checks if they show typical gendered language. [Karen]

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