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According to Bruce Caron at the New Media Research Institute — the research arm of the Santa Barbara, Calif.- based nonprofit, The New Media Studio — the number of posters presented at academic professional meetings is astounding — perhaps 250,000 [per year]." In February, Caron and his colleagues at the institute announced their intention to build a service, which they dubbed Skolr, that would "ingest meeting posters as PDF files" and make them easily searchable online, they said.

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