Bellingcat: These are the Tools Open Source Researchers Say They Need

Bellingcat: These are the Tools Open Source Researchers Say They Need. “Researchers told us that the tools they are most likely to use need to be free, clearly describing what they are capable of doing and how they can be used. Given that only a quarter of our respondents knew how to use the command line, tools which do not require more advanced technical skills are particularly welcome. Nearly 200 of our respondents provided concrete suggestions for tools which could help them in their work, which we have provided in a publicly-accessible spreadsheet.”

The Register: GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash

The Register: GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash. “GitLab has reversed its decision to automatically delete projects that are inactive for more than a year and belong to its free-tier users. As revealed exclusively yesterday by The Register, GitLab planned to introduce the policy in late September. The biz hoped the move would save it up to $1 million a year and help make its SaaS business sustainable. This news did not go down well.”

Inside Precision Medicine: Moffitt Creates Open-Source Software for Viewing Multiplex Images

Inside Precision Medicine: Moffitt Creates Open-Source Software for Viewing Multiplex Images. “Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center have created a new open-source software program that allows users to view multiple 2D images simultaneously. Their program, called Mistic, takes information from multidimensional images to create an abstract of each that can be viewed together. A paper in the journal Patterns describes the program and several applications in cancer imaging.”

Hackaday: OpenJewelry, No Pliers Required

Hackaday: OpenJewelry, No Pliers Required. “Whereas some people might simply lament the lack of a (stable) Thingiverse-type site for, say, jewelry designs, those people aren’t Hackaday’s own [Adam Zeloof]. With nowhere to share designs among engineering-oriented friends, [Adam] took the initiative and created OpenJewelry, a site for posting open-source jewelry and wearable art designs as well as knowledge about techniques, materials, and processes.”

University of Michigan: Open source platform enables research on privacy-preserving machine learning

University of Michigan: Open source platform enables research on privacy-preserving machine learning. “The biggest benchmarking data set to date for a machine learning technique designed with data privacy in mind has been released open source by researchers at the University of Michigan. Called federated learning, the approach trains learning models on end-user devices, like smartphones and laptops, rather than requiring the transfer of private data to central servers.”

BetaNews: Microsoft changes its policy against the sale of open source software in the Microsoft Store

BetaNews: Microsoft changes its policy against the sale of open source software in the Microsoft Store . “Having previously upset software developers by implementing a ban on the sale of open source software in its app store, Microsoft has reversed its decision. The company says that it has listened to feedback — which was vocal and negative — and has updated the Microsoft Stores Policies, removing references to open source pricing. Microsoft has also clarified just why it put the ban in place.”

Android Police: The best open source alternatives to Google Calendar

Android Police: The best open source alternatives to Google Calendar. “Google Calendar is preinstalled on most Android phones and is a comprehensive solution that offers smooth integration with other Google services. However, if you don’t want to share your details with Google, and wish to keep your schedule private, there are several open source alternatives available for Android.”

TechXplore: Study finds toxicity in the open-source community varies from other internet forums

TechXplore: Study finds toxicity in the open-source community varies from other internet forums. “A team of researchers from the Institute for Software Research (ISR) in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science recently collaborated with colleagues at Wesleyan University to take a first pass at understanding toxicity on open-source platforms like GitHub.”

Bleeping Computer: Free smartphone stalkerware detection tool gets dedicated hub

Bleeping Computer: Free smartphone stalkerware detection tool gets dedicated hub. “Kaspersky has launched a new information hub to help with their open-source stalkerware detection tool named TinyCheck, created in 2019 to help people detect if their devices are being monitored. Stalkerware is software explicitly created to spy on people via their smartphones by monitoring their whereabouts, communications, photos, browsing history, and more.”

VentureBeat: Roboflow expands open-source datasets for better computer vision AI models

VentureBeat: Roboflow expands open-source datasets for better computer vision AI models. “In an effort to help developers more easily benefit from labeled datasets and machine learning models for computer vision, Roboflow today announced an expansion of its datasets and AI models as part of its Roboflow Universe initiative, which could well be one of the largest such open-source repositories available. Roboflow claims that it now has over 90,000 datasets that include over 66 million images in the Roboflow Universe service launched in August 2021.”

MIT News: Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving

MIT News: Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving. “…scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created ‘VISTA 2.0,’ a data-driven simulation engine where vehicles can learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. What’s more, all of the code is being open-sourced to the public.”

Tech Xplore: A model for the automatic extraction of content from webs and apps

Tech Xplore: A model for the automatic extraction of content from webs and apps. “Content management systems or CMSs are the most popular tool for creating content on the internet. In recent years, they have evolved to become the backbone of an increasingly complex ecosystem of websites, mobile apps and platforms. In order to simplify processes, a team of researchers from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has developed an open-source model to automate the extraction of content from CMSs.”

Scientific Data: Lexibank, a public repository of standardized wordlists with computed phonological and lexical features

Scientific Data: Lexibank, a public repository of standardized wordlists with computed phonological and lexical features . “Inspired by the GenBank database, where scholars can deposit nucleotide sequences publicly, we have created Lexibank, a collection of cross-linguistic datasets in standardized formats, which offers access to word forms, sound inventories, and lexical features for more than 2000 language varieties derived from 100 individual high-quality datasets. The Lexibank wordlist collection is a first attempt to integrate the wealth of language data assembled during the past centuries.”