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Em 4 de Março de 2018, Shriram Krishnamurthi, um professor da universidade de Brown, nos EUA, escreveu uma thread no twitter desmistificando a fantasia que é estender um deadline, descrevendo o impacto que isso pode causar aos autores.

Sempre que vejo alguém próximo comentando sobre as vantagens de adiar um deadline, eu revisito esta thread pra me lembrar dos argumentos do professor Shriram. Sempre que releio, reforço minha crença de que extensões de deadline não ajudam; na realidade, são prejudiciais para comunidade.

Como eu não tenho o discernimento nem eloquência do professor Shriram, pedia a sua autorização (que gentilmente me…

The proverb “If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together” is also true for academic settings. No matter how good work you could do alone, chances are that you could achieve more if you find good colleagues to collaborate with.

By collaborating, you not only divide and parallelize the work but, more importantly, it could expand our limited way of thinking. By bringing new collaborators to your research project, these collaborators could in turn bring different ideas and perspectives, that could lead to news questions and potential solutions. Moreover, there are a…

The Open Source Initiative (or OSI for short), is a global, non-profit institution that promotes the adoption and awareness of open source software.

Among other things, OSI curated the Open Source Definition (OSD) which describes the minimum standards that one software system needs to be “open source” (according to OSI views of open source).

Therefore, any license that rigorously follow the open source definition could be named as an open source license. The “could” is emphasized because OSI, the institution, also has a license review process.

Since anyone could create a new “open source” license, the goal of the license…

The MIT license is one of the shortest open source license available out there. It has only 167 words, grouped into four paragraphs.

Nevertheless, the MIT license is one of the most used open source licenses. Perhaps the reason of its widely use is because it is easy to read and understand.

Given its widespreadness, it might be worthy to understand what it is all about. In this blog post I distill its main ideas. The full license is available here.

The MIT license begins as follows:


This first line refers to the publication date (<YEAR>)…

In research, we generally start by gathering tons of data and running some analysis on them. You then write a draft about what you have found in your analysis, submit to a conference or journal, and, after it is accepted, hopefully the world will change based on your findings.

In this ideal scenario, the most important outcome is the written paper, which describes the methods, analyses, and results. The belief is that everything is properly described, anyone could redo the experiments and find the same findings.

However, in recent years, researchers seem to agree that sharing just the written paper…

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Academia can be a very difficult place.

There is a fierce competition for an ever decreasing public research budget. There will always be someone, somewhere, with better equipment, better skills, better support, with more experience, etc. Your colleagues will always have more papers published and more funding raised than you. Paper deadlines are endless, and many of them happening in the same week, sometimes even on the same day.

There will always be dozens of small tasks waiting for you at any moment. To deal with all of this, you should be in good health.


When on campus (in a…

No one works at full speed 100% of the time.

Sometimes we are tired and we just want to spend some time browsing social network; and there is nothing wrong with it!

However, when procrastinating online, try do so on Twitter. Indeed, Twitter could be a valuable tool to expose your work as a researcher (while also connecting you with your international community).

Twitter is a micro-blogging social network. Twitter users could send a short message of at most 280 characters (known as a tweet).

Twitter is more interactive than a traditional blog. Anyone can jump in and comment on…

Word cloud with the attributes of a great open source maintainer

TLDR: We interviewed 30+ open source maintainers to gather their perception about what are the attributes that contribute to a great open source maintainer. We identified four groups of attributes: social, personality, management, and technical.

We now want to understand if some attributes are more important than others. If you happen to contribute to open source (at least five commits per year), considering answering our survey.

We will donate 100 USD to an open source project if we have more than 100 answers. Read on to know more.

In the research literature, there is a couple of works that discuss…

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A critical thing about rejections is that they are part of the academic process. The chances are that every researcher you may know has already received one (perhaps many) rejection letters. Despite their well-known presence, we don’t talk much about rejections. Different }, say, a soccer game, in which we know who owns and who loses the match, in the academic game, we only know about the ones that have the paper accepted, the grants funded, the awards received, etc.

This view is only partial, though. More importantly, it creates the illusion that successful researchers (for instance, the ones that…

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Perhaps one essential part of the scientific endeavor is to communicate what you found in your research study to your academic peers. This communication starts when a researcher submits a paper to an academic venue (such as, a conference or a journal). If the paper is accepted, the paper will be published in the conference/journal proceedings, and then could be accessed by anyone interested in the research topic of the paper.

Deciding which venue you will submit your is critical since some venues might have better visibility and reach than others. Actually, although some venues might have a fancy name…

Gustavo Pinto

Assistant professor @ Federal University of Pará

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