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Friday, April 30, 2004

From the American Name Society mailing list:
Not the most rigorous academic article (and reported on a secondary source, to boot), but an interesting read for those who can cope with Spanish. The comments below are worth reading, too.


Examples offered include:

Land Rover García, Houston Texas Ronquillo Loor, Semen de los Dioses Bazurto Quesada, Eveready Pilar Valencia Changa and, of course, don Burguer King Herrera Suárez.
Haydn Rawlinson
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 30-Apr-2004
Cultural and Social History
Historian reveals identity badges, not cards, were compulsory in the 1600s
Research from the University of Warwick reveals that far from being a new idea ID 'cards', in the form of badges, were commonplace in the 1600s. Just as today's cards will enable people of [sic] access public services such as benefits, the 17th century forms of identification were to show an individual's entitlement to supplement their income and to identify the deserving. The study examines the practice compulsory identification of all parish paupers in the 1600s.
[Note: In England, that is; I can't tell from the full press release whether this was the case in such distant places as Scotland and Wales.]
Google Times, UK edition:
Home to A Cup of Tea and Sleep
The Scotsman - 45 minutes ago
An American who is really British, a Russian and a Dutchman came hurtling back to Earth today strapped tightly into a space capsule, touching down for a spot-on landing that capped a ride they described as beautiful but tiring.
Smooth Landing for Expedition 8 Crew Yahoo News
Soyuz Spacecraft Makes Flawless Landing Fredericksburg.com
Capital News 9 - Voice of America - Pravda - Channel News Asia - and 555 related
["Really British" means British by birth; Michael Foale is now an American citizen, but apparently The Scotsman doesn't think that counts.]

From http://www.resourceshelf.com/archives/2004_04_01_resourceshelf_archive.html#108329295070516058:
First Publicly Funded Text Mining Center in the World Will Be Established in the UK
From the announcement, The JISC, BBSRC AND EPSRC announced today funding of some £1m to establish a National Centre for Text Mining. The remit of the Centre, the first publicly funded centre in the world, is to contribute to the associated national and international research agenda, to establish a service for the wider academic community, and to make connections with industry. Text mining attempts to discover new, previously unknown information by applying techniques from natural language processing, data mining, and information retrieval:
+ To identify and gather relevant textual sources
+ To analyse these to extract facts involving key entities and their properties
+ To combine the extracted facts to form new facts or to gain valuable insights

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