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August 26, 2015

From George Washington to Barack Obama, US presidents have been delivering the State of the Union address for the last 225 years. Mining nearly 2 million words, researchers at Columbia University trace a remarkable stability amid the discourse streams and identify a significant historical shift in the American notion of governance.

August 19, 2015

Modern farming practices are often blamed for the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. A new big data analysis indicates change in land use might be as much to blame. With an eye to best practices, researchers see solutions to mitigate these contributors to climate change.

August 12, 2015

Is the $26 million invested in the XSEDE organization and its services a cost-effective way to deliver cyberinfrastructure services to the US open research community? Researchers took on this question at the recent XSEDE15 conference. 

July 2, 2015

 XSEDE15, the fourth annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world.

This year's theme is "Scientific advancements enabled by enhanced cyberinfrastructure."

XSEDE15 takes place July 26-30 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

July 1, 2015

The volume of video content has exploded in recent years, and museums and libraries face the daunting task of evaluating the condition of their collections to make preservation and access decisions. To meet this challenge, data curators, video engineers, supercomputing experts, and neuroscientists are testing and implementing quality assessment algorithms in supercomputers to rapidly identify levels of video quality in large collections.

June 17, 2015

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is the research arm of the HathiTrust, and provides computational know-how for humanities scholars. With secure access to copyright-protected works, HTRC helps scholars see patterns across decades of literature. 

June 17, 2015

Forecasting the extent of climate change must include social factors, researchers now say. Combining climate change with population growth and using 11 different computational simulations leads scientists to forecast a possible six-fold increase in extreme heat for residents of the southern US by 2070.

June 10, 2015

Musical collaboration over the internet has been perennially plagued by delay and bad audio; co-performances have been largely a product of smoke and mirrors.

Overcoming the problems of distance, Internet2 and LoLa technology have set a new standard in video conferencing, allowing broader access to high-level musical and educational opportunities.

June 3, 2015

Part two of our free-wheeling conversation with the organizers of the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative.



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

Ethnic identification is fraught with difficulty, but political scientist Andy Harris has trained a supercomputer to extract group ethnicity from voter rosters in order to address social problems.

Turns out a list of names can tell you a lot about people — if you know how to look.

May 27, 2015

When politicians can't agree on spending priorities and decide to shut down the government, federal functions come to a grinding halt. In the US, this scenario has repeated a dozen times since the Reagan era; Eric Svensen looked to a supercomputer to find out why.

May 27, 2015

Part one of a free-wheeling conversation with organizers of the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative at the recent Internet2 Global Summit in Washington, DC.

May 6, 2015

You may think XSEDE is nothing more than access to high-performance computing resources. But did you know XSEDE offers a full range of training opportunities to teach your scientists and engineers how to work with supercomputers?  

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 15, 2015

Buying a supercomputer can be a tough sell for administrators to make. A study by Clemson University researchers may change the argument.

March 11, 2015

In a TED talk video, Altimeter industry analyst Susan Etlinger discusses the ethical implications of collecting big data, and gives her perspective on how to best analyze data that both extracts real insights and builds trust.

iSGTW recently followed up with Etlinger on her proposed framework and how she believes we should approach traditional analytics methodologies to ensure they account for the variations and complexities of big data.

January 28, 2015

Criminals use technology to exploit their victims, but law enforcement lacks the time and expertise to develop the technology to respond. A student-led project recently won a $3.6 million DARPA grant to change that dynamic by devising cyber tools that identify online human trafficking activity.

January 28, 2015

Austin is a booming city experiencing traffic woes commensurate with its expansion. To model and visualize solutions, city planners look to TACC to help corral the stampede of visitors.

January 28, 2015

Austin is a booming city experiencing traffic woes commensurate with its expansion. To model and visualize solutions, city planners look to TACC to help corral the stampede of visitors.

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.

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 6, 2013

As the second anniversary of the largest earthquake in Japanese history approaches, Ben Katsumi explains how cloud computing helped the relief effort following the natural disaster.

Plus: Discover how reseachers at the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency are using HPC to develop improved chemicals for cleaning up radioactive cesium isotopes.