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April 9, 2014

With global data output growing rapidly, it is vital that researchers come together to build the social and technical bridges required to enable open sharing of research data. The organization charged with achieving this is the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Last month, the RDA held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The 497 attendees at the event engaged in discussion on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the role of publishers and persistent identifiers to heritage data and legal interoperability. Data applications discussed also included geospatial information, marine observation, food production, and urban quality of life indicators.

April 9, 2014

Discover Data Avenue, a service that makes transferring large amounts of data between distributed computing infrastructures simple.

April 2, 2014

Last month, CERN played host to the CineGlobe International Film Festival. The event featured a hackathon event organized by the Tribeca Film Institute, as well as music produced through data sonification.

April 2, 2014

Yannick Legré was recently appointed director of EGI.eu, which coordinates and manages the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). iSGTW speaks to Legré about his vision for the organization, as well as the challenges it faces, ahead of next month’s EGI Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland.

March 26, 2014

iSGTW is attending the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The RDA seeks to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and reuse, standards harmonization, and discoverability.

March 19, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Milena Žic Fuchs ahead of her keynote talk at the Research Data Alliance Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, later this month. A prominent researcher in the field of cognitive linguistics, Fuchs has served as Minister of Science and Technology in her native Croatia and she recently chaired the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation.

March 19, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Milena Žic Fuchs ahead of her keynote talk at the Research Data Alliance Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, later this month. A prominent researcher in the field of cognitive linguistics, Fuchs has served as Minister of Science and Technology in her native Croatia and she recently chaired the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation.

March 19, 2014

Image courtesy Becciani, U. et al. Click for larger version.

March 12, 2014

The Citizen Cyberscience Summit was held in London, UK, last month. The event featured a host of exciting projects, from classifying galaxies and enhancing solar panels, to growing sunflowers and analyzing baby laughter.

March 5, 2014

iSGTW reports from Cloudscape VI, where Helix Nebula gave attendees a first glimpse of its new production platform. Discussion at the event, held in Brussels, Belgium, also focused on sustainability and the legal aspects of cloud computing, as well as the barriers to greater adoption of this technology in both the public and private sectors. 

March 5, 2014

Research output amounts to much more than just academic papers. It is important that datasets, and the software used to analyze them, are also properly cited and that the researchers behind these are given credit for their work. Preserving software and making it citable is also vital in ensuring that scientific results are reproducible by other research groups.

February 26, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Mark Parsons, who was recently appointed secretary general of the Research Data Alliance. This global organization celebrates its first anniversary next month and will be holding its third plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from 26-28 March, 2014.

Parsons tells iSGTW why it is important for researchers to share their data and explains how the RDA is seeking to harness enthusiasm within the community to bring about a 'culture change' in the way researchers deal with data. He also argues that the greatest barriers to increased data sharing are often social, rather than technical.

February 26, 2014

Last week, representatives of major research institutions and leading IT companies came to CERN for a data analytics workshop organized by CERN openlab.

February 19, 2014

Next week’s Cloudscape VI event will feature a presentation on e-Science Central, a cloud-based platform for data analysis developed by researchers at Newcastle University, UK. Stephanie Parker speaks to two members of the e-Science Central team to find out more about both the platform and a new collaborative project they’re working on called EU Brazil Cloud Connect.

February 19, 2014

After serving fusion research for four years, Europe's High Performance Computer for Fusion has now completed its operations, with fusion modeling work moving to the significantly more powerful Helios computer in Rokkasho, Japan. Helios is a Japanese-European facility and has a peak performance of around 1.5 petaFLOPS.

February 12, 2014

Big data has big potential, especially when it comes to science. But are you looking after your data properly? Here are five reasons why you should take more care of your data...

February 12, 2014

Karlheinz Meier, one of the three co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project, will deliver a keynote talk at this summer's ISC'14 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Funded by the European Commission, the Human Brain Project is an ambitious endeavor, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies.

February 12, 2014

Karlheinz Meier, one of the three co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project, will deliver a keynote talk at this summer's ISC'14 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Funded by the European Commission, the Human Brain Project is an ambitious endeavor, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies.

February 5, 2014

Since being launched in 1977, NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 probes have been on an epic journey to the very edge of our solar system. Now, Domenico Vicinanza has harnessed the power of grid computing to create an uptempo piece of classical music from the data collected by the probes.

February 5, 2014

Peter Doorn, director at Data Archiving and Networked Services in the Netherlands, tells iSGTW how big data is revolutionizing research in the humanities and the social sciences.

January 29, 2014

Keith Cover of VU University Medical Centre explains how the computing power of the grid has been used to process thousands of MRI scans from patients with Alzheimer’s, opening the way to better evaluation of biomarkers for this disease in the future.

Cover and his team used open-source software to run analyses of brain imaging scans, in order to track volume changes caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Now the power of the grid has been used to test the accuracy of several software packages on a massive scale.

January 22, 2014

A LEGO® figurine in the CERN data centre, as seen on Google Street View.

January 22, 2014

iSGTW recently interviewed Paul Henshaw and Damiano Monelli of the Global Earthquake Model foundation (GEM). GEM seeks to shake up the way in which seismic hazard and risk are calculated across the globe, thus saving lives and reducing the financial cost of earthquakes.

January 15, 2014

Video courtesy ESA.

January 15, 2014

iSGTW recently interviewed Ewan Birney, associate director of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), regarding his keynote talk at the EUDAT 2nd Conference. In this interview, Birney raised the exciting prospect of using DNA as an organic data storage device. But could DNA storage really replace tapes and hard disks for long-term preservation of data? Charles Harvey investigates…