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September 3, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, later this month. Hilary Hanahoe, the future coordinator of RDA Europe, tells iSGTW about the important work the organization has been carrying out in the run up to the event.

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.

May 8, 2013

Zenodo is an online repository, developed and hosted at CERN, which allows researchers to share publications and supporting data, facilitating open collaboration. The repository is launched today (8 May, 2013) and is designed specifically to help 'the long tail' of researchers based at smaller institutions to share results in a wide variety of formats across all fields of science.

March 20, 2013

Faced with the daunting prospect of profiling the complexities of the immune system, researchers at Harvard Medical School/Business School enlisted the help of the world’s largest community of software experts on the site TopCoder.  A recent paper in Nature Biotechnology indicates a cultural shift in academia with experts engaging the collective skills of those outside their community, in order to help them overcome methodological barriers to their work.

March 13, 2013

As more and more scientific disciplines become data hungry,  governments and international bodies are starting to commit to developing frameworks that allow convenient, secure and intelligent access and exchange of data. Find out what delegates at the Cloudscape V conference in Brussels had to say on the matter.

November 14, 2012

The Jim Gray eScience Award 2012 was presented to ChemSpider founder Antony John Williams at last month’s eScience conference in Chicago. ChemSpider is a free online database, containing chemical information on over 26 million molecules.

October 31, 2012

Has big data now superseded the grid… and the cloud? Whether or not this is the case, it is vital that in moving from one paradigm to another we do not discard the experience and technology gained previously, says European Grid Infrastructure director Steven Newhouse.