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October 29, 2014

Rainforest Connection uses simple devices created from discarded cellphones to listen out for illegal logging activities and provide rangers with real-time alerts. The organization was founded in 2012 by Topher White, who gave a talk about his work at TEDxCERN last month. White’s system has already helped stop illegal logging in Indonesia and further pilot projects are set to be launched soon in both Brazil and Cameroon.

October 29, 2014

Rainforest Connection uses simple devices created from discarded cellphones to listen out for illegal logging activities and provide rangers with real-time alerts. The organization was founded in 2012 by Topher White, who gave a talk about his work at TEDxCERN last month. White’s system has already helped stop illegal logging in Indonesia and further pilot projects are set to be launched soon in both Brazil and Cameroon.

October 22, 2014

iSGTW recently attended the ISC Cloud '14 conference in Heidelberg, Germany. The event focused on the intersection between cloud and high-performance computing (HPC), with in-depth first-hand reports on the latest technological developments in these fields. Researchers from a wide range of organizations discussed their work and offered practical recommendations about how to best utilize cloud-based computing.

October 1, 2014

The popular ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data events are being held this week in Heidelberg, Germany. Follow iSGTW on social media for highlights from the events and read our in-depth interviews with top speakers.

September 24, 2014

Monday 29 September marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, otherwise known as CERN, located near Geneva, Switzerland. A new book, entitled 'From Physics to Daily Life', highlights some of the many ways in which technology developed at CERN has impacted upon society at large.

Bob Jones, the head CERN openlab, writes in this book about the growth of distributed computing and the vital role this technology plays across a wide range of academic fields and business sectors.

September 17, 2014

Domenico Talia will speak about big-data mining and knowledge discovery at ISC Big Data in Heidelberg, Germany, on 1-2 October. Talia, who is a professor of computer engineering at the University of Calabria in Italy, will explain how cloud computing can offer effective support for addressing both the computational and data-storage needs of big-data mining and parallel analytics applications. In an in-depth interview, he tells iSGTW about his research in this area and argues that it’s time for the public sector to invest in big-data, so as to provide better services to citizens.

September 3, 2014

While most of the original concepts for cloud computing originated within the academic research community, industry has driven much of the design and architecture as cloud use has grown.

Read about a new, $20 million cloud computing initiative, funded by the US National Science Foundation, that will enable researchers to develop and experiment widely with novel cloud architectures at scale, and discover and share new innovations.

August 27, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Michael Resch, director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany, ahead of his keynote speech at next month’s ISC Cloud ’14 conference.

Resch explains why cloud offers a new way of providing access to computing resources and speaks of his drive to ensure that research doesn’t just end up in journal papers, but in your everyday life.

August 13, 2014

Next-generation sequencing (NGS), in which millions or billions of DNA nucleotides are sequenced in parallel, is the backbone of novel discoveries in life sciences, anthropology, social sciences, biomedical sciences and plant sciences. Read about the SoyKB and iPlant collaboration that is taking plant sciences to the next level.

July 16, 2014

A case study published in The International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management demonstrates that the adoption of integrated cloud-computing solutions can lead to significant cost savings for businesses, as well as large reductions in the size of an organization's carbon footprint.

July 16, 2014

A case study published in The International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management demonstrates that the adoption of integrated cloud-computing solutions can lead to significant cost savings for businesses, as well as large reductions in the size of an organization's carbon footprint.

June 11, 2014

Kuan Hon, research consultant to the Cloud Legal Project, recently came to CERN to discuss the work she and her project colleagues have been doing. She tells iSGTW why it’s important for researchers, businesses, and citizens alike to better understand the legal implications of entering into cloud computing contracts.

"Law always lags behind technology — just look at copyright issues for instance. And, because the pace of technological change is now so fast, it’s getting even harder for the law to catch up. Nevertheless, it’s important for businesses to know what the laws are and do the best they can to comply with them," says Hon.

June 11, 2014

Kuan Hon, research consultant to the Cloud Legal Project, recently came to CERN to discuss the work she and her project colleagues have been doing. She tells iSGTW why it’s important for researchers, businesses, and citizens alike to better understand the legal implications of entering into cloud computing contracts.

"Law always lags behind technology — just look at copyright issues for instance. And, because the pace of technological change is now so fast, it’s getting even harder for the law to catch up. Nevertheless, it’s important for businesses to know what the laws are and do the best they can to comply with them," says Hon.

May 28, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. The event saw the launch of the EGI Federated Cloud, as well as a range of exciting presentations about how grid and other e-infrastructures are being used to advance excellent science in Europe.

May 21, 2014

Last week, ‘Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud Initiative’ hosted an event at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the launch of its new cloud-computing marketplace service.

May 21, 2014

Last week, ‘Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud Initiative’ hosted an event at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the launch of its new cloud-computing marketplace service.

May 14, 2014

iSGTW is at the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland, from 19 to 23 May. Be sure to fiollow us on social media for updates from the event.

May 7, 2014

Urban regions around the world are aiming to offer a more efficient, sustainable, and better quality life for their citizens. ICT plays a substantial role in achieving these aims and thus in meeting the growing demand for smarter and more efficient cities.

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 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

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 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

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.

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.