"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…

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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…….

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.NET Bio: the new name for Microsoft Biology Foundation and now open source

Microsoft Research is putting .NET Bio, a bioinformatics toolkit into the Outercurve Foundation, allowing community involvement in the future of this open-source project. See the full post by Simon Mercer describing the transfer to Outercurve as a new Research Accelerator and the new functionality being included in this release. There is a training event this…

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Folding@Home on Azure – Distributed Computing

Here’s a good way to get up to speed on WindowsAzure and contribute to a worldwide distributed computing project (Folding@Home) – by participating in the webcast you’ll also receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost – that’s worth the webcast investment time.  Feeling @Home…

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SciScope app and code available for download

Earlier today the code behind the SciScope site was made available at SciScope.CodePlex.com.  This enables others to make their datasets/repositories available and allow others to discover, download and utilize their data in a simple to use website.     Also the semantic support is quite useful in finding related data. SciScope Project Description SciScope (see it live)…

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SharePoint Designer Available for Free

Since I utilize SharePoint Designer allot for editing internal SharePoint sites…this is a really good thing to see.  Customize SharePoint with SharePoint Designer We are implementing a number of changes to promote and facilitate even more customization efforts on top of the SharePoint platform including making SharePoint Designer 2007 available as a free download. Download…

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MSR Open Tools to Enhance Scientific Research Efforts Building on Science Commons Ontologies

At ETech 2009 today, the announcement went out that Science Commons in conjunction with MSR External Research released the source code to two Word 2007 add-ins to allow scientists to markup terms and phrases in their documents/papers with ontologies, such as the ones at http://neurocommons.org.  Some of this is based on previous collaboration with Phil…

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WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit Release -Microsoft Research

With this ADK, users can convert their own astronomical images/data to the format that can be read by WWT and share with other WWT users.  Can’t wait to see more images/datasets made available. WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit, January 2009 Release The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) Academic Development Kit, January 2009 release contains two utilities that…

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So you don’t think you can Sing?

Now you can have your own musical accompaniment to match your voice without having to worry about artistic differences.  I’ll have to play with Songsmith and see if can help even my voice sound decent :-)  But you won’t see me posting the songs or videos online. Just think – you can add a musical…

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GrayWulf (on SQL Server) wins SC’08 Storage Challenge

Congratulations to Alex Szalay and his amazing team at JHU for winning the SC’08 Storage Challenge – with the entry GrayWulf:Scalable Clustered Architecture for Data Intensive Computing. GrayWulf – is implemented with SQL Server 2008 Abstract: Data intensive computing presents a significant challenge for traditional supercomputing architectures that maximize FLOPS since CPU speed has surpassed…

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