Cloud computing guide for researchers – Automated testing using Drone

This is the first in a series of blog posts by the Research Software Engineering team at Imperial College London describing activities funded by their RSE Cloud Computing Award. The team is exploring the use of selected Microsoft Azure services to accelerate the delivery of RSE projects via a cloud-first approach. Mark Woodbridge, Research Software…

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Cloud computing guide for researchers – Understanding shipping behaviour with Microsoft Azure

Keeping track of global shipping has previously suffered from a lack of data. Current tracking technology has transformed the problem into one of an overabundance of information, as huge amounts of vessel tracking data are slowly becoming available, mostly due to the Automatic Identification System (AIS). Due to the volume of this data, traditional data…

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Cloud computing guide for researchers – eBird big data analysis using Microsoft Azure

Citizen scientists all over the world have been helping the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to collect bird observations for 15 years using eBird. This real-time, online checklist program enables birders to record birds they see, keep track of lists, explore maps and graphs, share with the eBird community and contribute to ornithological science and bird…

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Cloud computing guide for researchers – Azure IoT for Croke Park Smart Stadium

Using sensors in a busy environment, such as a sports stadium, can unveil deep insights to provide a better experience for visitors to a game, the local community, and tourists wanting to enjoy the venue. Deploying sensors, collecting data, processing it, making sense of the information, and visualising it are key challenges that researchers at…

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CLOUDMINE call for papers – deadline 12 August 2016

  The CLOUDMINE workshop, co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining on Dec 12-15 2016, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on cloud based data mining systems and applications. While the data mining community includes tracks and workshops to discuss research that implicitly leverages cloud based applications and scale, the CLOUDMINE workshop…

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Getting started with Microsoft Azure for your research

There are so many ways that cloud computing can be used for research projects, it’s often hard to know where to start. Microsoft Azure is very easy to use, and once you’ve managed to do a few things it will seem second nature to take advantage of its more advanced capabilities. So if you’re just…


Predictive models and Azure Machine Learning for EnviroHack 2015

Data, data everywhere, but what’s the use? There are great efforts across many research disciplines to make data available for reuse, and environmental science is one area in which this is very successful. But how do you make all this data discoverable, usable and actionable? Dozens of scientists, developers, and business people were wowed by…

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NoSQL in the cloud for researchers

There is a lot of excitement around NoSQL approaches for research applications across many different domains. The advantages of simplicity, scalability, and flexibility are extremely tempting, but it’s not always easy to figure out how to deploy such approaches. So we’re really excited that Azure has a new NoSQL service designed from the ground-up to be…

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Azure for Research on Curah!

In pulling together some of the resources we have for the Azure for Research program – I decided to utilize Cuarh! – Curate the web and share what you know site to aggregate some of the links and related sites to the overall effort.  If you have other suggestions to add to the list –…

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