Improving Our Video Experience

Part Three: Accessibility

By CHRIS CALLAHAN, VERONICA YUROVSKY and KE XU

Illustration by Jason Fujikuni

This is the third and final post in a series about the progress and achievements of our video delivery platform. The previous posts are Part One: Our On-Demand Video Platform and Part Two: Our Live Streaming Platform.

Improving the accessibility of the video experience on our web properties was one of our main goals for 2017. In this post, we will talk about how we built closed captions support into our video delivery platform and how we made the control set on our video player more accessible. Continue reading “Improving Our Video Experience”

Microsoft researchers unlock the black box of network embedding

At the ACM Conference on Web Search and Data Mining 2018, my team will introduce research that, for the first time, provides a theoretical explanation of popular methods used to automatically map the structure and characteristics of networks, known as network embedding. We then use this theoretical explanation to present a new network embedding method that performs as well as or better than existing methods. Continue reading “Microsoft researchers unlock the black box of network embedding”

Coming Soon: Careers’ Suggest

 

The internet’s first great achievement was putting in place ubiquitous connections: people to people, people to information, and information to companies and institutions.  Having spanned the globe and linked billions of people together, now comes an altogether more crucial phase: making the information gleaned from this vast, ever-expanding network relevant, personal and effective.

Mendeley Careers is at the forefront of this trend.  Soon it will feature its first recommender function that makes looking for the next job suggestions more convenient than ever.  Its unique algorithms will leverage the Elsevier ecosystem to provide tailored recommendations.  It will no longer be necessary to knock on opportunity’s door, opportunities will arrive in your inbox, matched to your profile and interests. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Careers’ Suggest”

PLOS and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Enter Agreement to Enable Preprint Posting on bioRxiv

Editor’s Note: This press release also appears on the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Newsstand.

Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announce an agreement that enables the automatic posting of research articles submitted to PLOS journals on bioRxiv, CSHL’s preprint server for the life sciences. This collaboration between bioRxiv and PLOS empowers authors to share their work on a trusted platform before peer review, accelerating the pace of biomedical research.

Continue reading “PLOS and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Enter Agreement to Enable Preprint Posting on bioRxiv”

Introducing PeerConnect.js

Introducing PeerConnect

A Peer 2 Peer Content Distribution Network powered by WebRTC and WebTorrent

Intro

As applications scale and grow in users, the answer has always been to buy more server/computing space. This is one option, but why rely solely on one centralized point? Along with the idea of building a more decentralized web, we built PeerConnect, a P2P Content Distribution Network, as a proof of concept idea to reduce server load by relying on the clients to host static content (videos/images). To do so, we incorporated WebRTC, a collection of protocols that provides real time communications over peer to peer connections, and WebTorrent, a distributed file delivery protocol inspired by BitTorrent and also built with WebRTC. Continue reading “Introducing PeerConnect.js”

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