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July 1, 2015

The Merlin smartphone app has the solution to your bird watching mysteries. Now, Merlin Bird Photo ID takes it one step farther, identifying birds from uploaded photos. Crowd sourcing and artificial intelligence come together to answer a frequently asked question: What bird is that?

July 1, 2015

Historypin sits at the intersection of data visualization and crowdsourcing. Take your standard Google map. Add in a dash of grandma’s old photo album. Stir in some memories from the library archives. Season with a pinch of museum curation, and you’ve got a digital history book.

June 24, 2015

Scientists have collected wildlife audio samples for many years, and there are many databases of these sounds in existence. BioAcoustica distinguishes itself through tight integration with a cyberinfrastructure for performing analyses.

June 3, 2015

A wheeling Milky Way or dancing aurora borealis inspires awe and broadens perspective when viewed across the chronological scales time-lapse videos afford. The trouble is it takes a lot of time to construct these videos. But in the smartphone age, the power of collected photographs enables a more collaborative method.

June 3, 2015

The 'knowledge economy' holds great promise for developing nations in Africa, but the right ICT infrastructures need to be in place to ensure no one is left behind. In a world where fast access to information is vital, internet availability rules.

May 20, 2015

At the recent Internet2 Global Summit iSGTW sat down with George Komatsoulis to talk about the state of distributed research and the NIH Commons, a scalable virtual environment to provide high-performance computing and data storage for bio-medical research. When implemented, the Commons will create a marketplace for digital bio-medical resources, driving down costs and democratizing access.

April 22, 2015

Earthquake warning systems are an expensive proposition — but not when crowdsourced via smartphones. Scientists recently tested consumer devices, and were surprised at what they found.

April 22, 2015

Seismologists have always relied on surface observation to piece together models of what they thought Earth’s interior looked like. These models served them well for years, but they were unable to map out the planet’s interior with certainty, until now. A team of scientists is using the powerful US Titan supercomputer to do just that.

 

April 8, 2015

Hannah Kuper, co-director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, explains how cheap smartphone adapters can be used to diagnose ear and eye conditions. Since over half of the world's population has a mobile phone, this technology, she argues, can ensure patients in all areas get appropriate treatment.  

March 25, 2015

 

Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

February 25, 2015

The South African Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) held its ninth national meeting in December last year. At the event, eight hard-working teams fought to be crowned champions of the student cluster competition.

 

February 18, 2015

Eliminating internal and external barriers affecting national research and education networks (NRENs) in the UbuntuNet Alliance membership region should be the core of the NREN agenda in 2015, argues distinguished NREN advocate Duncan Martin.

February 4, 2015

To determine how early humans survived a population crash more than 100,000 years ago, archeologists looked to the Blacklight supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Initial results have shed new light on the field, and promise significant increases in predictive power.

November 12, 2014

Hosted at CERN, UNITAR’s UNOSAT program examines global satellite imagery for humanitarian use. Whether they're providing maps for disaster response teams or assessing conflict damage to help reconstruction, their detailed reports are vital tools for aid workers. But how can satellite imagery help during a health crisis like the Ebola outbreak? 

October 22, 2014

Video and front-page image courtesy AFRICA BUILD.

October 22, 2014

Video and front-page image courtesy AFRICA BUILD.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

December 18, 2013

Once fully operational, the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could produce data at a rate more than 100 times greater than current global internet traffic. Successful handling of this unparalleled data deluge will be key to the project's ability to find answers to some of the most complex puzzles in astronomy.

December 11, 2013

Three quarters of the world’s 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions are found in developing countries. Now, thanks to cloud computing, it is the humble mobile phone — rather than the tablet or smartphone — that has the potential to become the world’s most popular e-reader.

December 11, 2013

Three quarters of the world’s 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions are found in developing countries. Now, thanks to cloud computing, it is the humble mobile phone — rather than the tablet or smartphone — that has the potential to become the world’s most popular e-reader.

November 27, 2013

Discover how the Brazilian National Research and Education Network is using ultra-high definition video footage of surgical procedures to help train health professionals across the country. This 'telemedicine' technology also enables remote monitoring of patients, as well as remote consultation and diagnosis.

July 17, 2013

21-year-old software developer Godfrey Magila has big ideas about how to use technology to build confidence in African voting systems. After taking part in a hackathon in Tanzania in 2011, he was inspired to set up his own business and is now attempting to develop the country’s first ever biometric voter-registration system.

July 17, 2013

21-year-old software developer Godfrey Magila has big ideas about how to use technology to build confidence in African voting systems. After taking part in a hackathon in Tanzania in 2011, he was inspired to set up his own business and is now attempting to develop the country’s first ever biometric voter-registration system.

July 3, 2013

When tapeworms of the species Ligula intestinalis infect fish, the consequences are gory. The parasites grow to fill the host's body cavity, leading to behavioral changes and high mortality rates. Not only is it bad news for the fish themselves, but it's also a major problem for the fish farming industry, which is why scientists keep an eye on where the parasites live and how their geographical distribution evolves. Read this recent EGI.eu case study to find out how grid computing has come to the rescue in enabling scientists to better trace the tapeworms infecting Northern African fish back to Europe.

July 3, 2013

When tapeworms of the species Ligula intestinalis infect fish, the consequences are gory. The parasites grow to fill the host's body cavity, leading to behavioral changes and high mortality rates. Not only is it bad news for the fish themselves, but it's also a major problem for the fish farming industry, which is why scientists keep an eye on where the parasites live and how their geographical distribution evolves. Read this recent EGI.eu case study to find out how grid computing has come to the rescue in enabling scientists to better trace the tapeworms infecting Northern African fish back to Europe.