More Excel 2013 Goodies – Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office

After posting about Data Explorer yesterday – I thought about other add-ins for Excel that make hard problems easier…and that lead me back to the site….it’s great to see that the SQL Server 2012 Data Mining Add-ins for Office (with 64-bit Support) is available for Office 2013.  The Data Mining Add-ins allow you to…


OData–Open Data Technical Committee Proposed to OASIS for standardization

This is great to hear that Microsoft along with Technology Leaders Support OASIS Standards for Open Data Protocol.   OData Technical Committee Proposed to OASIS Based on overwhelming feedback from the community, Microsoft announced that they, along with SAP AG, IBM, Citrix, Progress Software and WSO2, are proposing an OData Technical Committee (TC) in OASIS,…


"Data Explorer"– Clean, Mashup, and Publish your Science Data

Dealing with scientific data can be challenging – especially since it’s in many different formats, files etc.  The SQL Labs release of Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer” looks to be a tool that can help bring together many different data sets in a more straight forward way.  Not only is it an easy to use tool…


Big Data and LINQ in CACM

Just read the The World According to LINQ article in October’s Communications of the ACM – Erik Meijer does a really good job describing LINQ and how it can be used with Big Data from my different data sources – ie. DBs, REST services and other unstructured data sources…also describes the mathematical foundations of LINQ…….


Is Open Data Protocol (OData) the way to expose Scientific Data?

Lately I’ve been looking at OData – the Open Data Protocol and have been wondering if this is the universal way to make Data Discoverable, Accessible, and Consumable – and as Roy pointed out “Shareable”.  It seems to have many of the characteristics that are needed to expose and share science data: Simple, Lightweight, cross…


Project Gemini – Videos available

I previously posted about using Project Gemini as a tool for scientific analysis – as a quick way to learn about them and see them in action, take a look at the one minute Gemini videos by Donald Farmer.  One of the latest videos is about using Reports as data sources and highlights the orange…


Graywulf Takes Byte Out of Data Overload

Graywulf is the natural evolution of Beowulf Clusters – it brings together HPC clusters and databases to do efficient processing and data management.  It’s name and design also pays homage to Jim Gray – who helped  champion the use of relational databases in the scientific projects. At it’s simplest form Graywulf is having a database…


new CloudApp(): Azure™ Developer Challenge

The Azure folks have setup the new CloudApp() challenge – I’d like to see some Science apps created on Azure and see how it changes the way to work with different datasets.  new CloudApp() – The Azure™ Services Platform Developer Challenge What Is It? new CloudApp() is a US-based developer challenge for .NET & PHP…


Using Flickr for Astronomy – and viewing in WWT

The use of online services such as Flickr to help scientists is in its infancy and applications utilizing commodity based solutions will continue to pick up momentum.  I especially like the integration and the ease of use – science should be about discovery and exploration – not about the technology.   Of course the ability to…


New Tools Mobilize Local Data to Study Global Environmental Issues from Berkeley Lab

Here’s a really good article from the folks at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the collaboration MSR has ongoing between LBL and the Berkeley Water Center.  It highlights the use of databases for scientific information as Catharine mentions… “One of the greatest challenges of the next century will be developing cyber-architectures that allow scientists to…