December, 2009

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December, 2009

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    Data needs to be Discoverable, Accessible, and Consumable


    While the Data Deluge is upon on the scientific communities, how to manage and share the scientific data is still a challenge.  To really allow data to be useful for scientists and general consumers data needs to be Discoverable, Accessible, and Consumable.

    Discoverable – How do you find the data?  Searching for data via search engines is not the right way to find the information.  Sites like is a good start for getting to scientific data, but how to find the smaller pots of data.

    Accessible – To do anything useful with the information/data – it needs to be made available – that means the data needs to be easily downloaded, not hidden behind many web pages and locked up behind passwords. 

    Consumable – it needs to be straight forward (one-click) to bring the data into applications for analysis (ie. Excel, MatLab, etc).  Put it into the hands of the users.

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    First Annual U.S. Computer Science Education Week


    The United States House of Representatives has designated December 6–12 as National Computer Science Education Week, in honor of Grace Hopper.  Microsoft in conjunction with ACM and other partners are helping to promote the importance of CS education.

    U.S. Computer Science Education Week on Microsoft Research Facebook LinkedIn
    Computer Science Education Week on Facebook YouTube Twitter

    Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, 2009,National Computer Science Education Week recognizes that computing:
    • Touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in society
    • Drives innovation and economic growth
    • Provides rewarding job opportunities
    • Prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century


    U.S. Computer Science Education Week - Microsoft Research

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    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools by SAP Web 2.0


    Very cool integration of Twitter and PowerPoint – good way to have interactive presentations…could see this being used in classes with students.

    Here’s a view of WorldWide Telescope tweets



    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools


    Ever wanted to make presentations a more interactive, Web 2.0 experience?

    The PowerPoint Twitter Tools prototypes are now available. Created using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius (but requiring only PowerPoint for Windows and Adobe Flash to run), the twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.

    There are currently eight tools – you can easily cut and paste them into your own powerpoint decks:

    • PowerPoint Twitter feedback slides
    • PowerPoint Twitter ticker bar
    • PowerPoint Twitter voting — bar charts and pie chart
    • PowerPoint Mood meter
    • PowerPoint Crowd meter
    • PowerPoint Zoom text
    • PowerPoint Twitter update bar
    • PowerPoint AutoTweet

    FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | SAP Web 2.0

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