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    Virtual Earth video

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    Very cool video of 3D Virtual Earth

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    2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop at RENCI

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    Announcing the 2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop at RENCI

    http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/escience2007/

    October 21-23 2007

    The Friday Center for Continuing Education
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    100 Friday Center Drive
    Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020

    The use of computers creates many challenges as it expands the realm of the possible in scientific research and many of these challenges are common to researchers in different areas. The insights gained in one area may catalyze change and accelerate discovery in many others.

    This workshop is explicitly cross-disciplinary, with the goal of bringing together scientists from different areas to share their research and experiences of how computing is shaping their work, providing new insights and changing what can be done in science. The focus is on the research, and the technologies that make that research possible.

    The workshop will be co-chaired by Dan Reed, Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute and Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing at Microsoft Corporation.  The keynote presentation will be given by Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Sasaki Institute.

    We would like to invite contributions from any area of eScience; examples include:

    • Modeling of natural systems
    • Knowledge discovery and merging datasets
    • Science data analysis, mining, and visualization
    • Healthcare and biomedical informatics
    • High performance computing in science
    • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data
    • The impact of eScience on teaching and learning
    • Applying novel information technologies to disaster management
    • Robotics in science
    • Scientific challenges with no obvious computing solutions

    Registration will open shortly, and abstracts will be solicited as part of the registration process.

    The deadline for abstract submission is August 1st 2007.

    All applicants will be notified of acceptance of their presentation by August 21st 2007; those abstracts not selected for verbal presentation may be presented as posters.

    Please send questions to mses07@microsoft.com

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    LinuxInsider: Security: Microsoft Invites Collaboration With Grid Computing Research

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    Article on SecPAL from LinuxInsider...

    Microsoft Invites Collaboration With Grid Computing Research

    Microsoft's Security Policy Assertion Language, or SecPAL, is the company's attempt to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies. The software firm hopes that making available the implementation and design information from its SecPAL project will encourage the security and grid research communities to test and experiment with it.

    Source: Linux News: Security: Microsoft Invites Collaboration With Grid Computing Research

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    Silverlight available

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    At Mix '07 this week there were some interesting relseases and demos - one spefically is Silverlight - that is cross-platform - with releases available on Windows and Mac OS. There is also a Silverlight Community site available with some examples - like the Fox Movie trailers...they looked great fullscrean on my large monitor.

    Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based Download Silverlightmedia experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.

    Watch Silverlight in Action

    Source: Silverlight

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    [Data Service] Microsoft Project Codename "Astoria"

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    Time to think about how Scientific data could utilized the Astoria service... 

    The goal of Microsoft Codename Astoria is to enable  applications to expose data as a data service that can be consumed by web clients within a corporate network and across the internet. The data service is reachable over HTTP, and URIs are used to identify the various pieces of information available through the service. Interactions with the data service happens in terms of HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE, and the data exchanged in those interactions is represented in simple formats such as XML and JSON.
    We are delivering this first early release of Astoria as a Community Tech Preview you can download and also as an experimental online service you can access over the internet.

    Source: Microsoft Project Codename "Astoria"

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    Zoomatron-NOAA Charts, MapCruncher, and Virtual Earth

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    Very neat mashup utiizing Virtual Earth and MapCruncher - I really like the Mississippi Meanders one.

    NOAA Charts and Virtual Earth

    Choose a state from the dropdown to the left, and then pick a chart to look at.

    These are government-issue navigation charts overlaid on the Virtual Earth (http://local.live.com) map of the United States. You get all the advantages of both - the detailed navigation of the charts and the draggable, zoomable mappiness of the maps. You can make the charts translucent so you can see the map through it.

    For fun, check out the Images link for unusual ways to play with the Virtual Earth mapping tools.

    Source: Zoomatron Home

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    Word 2007 - Citations, Bibliography, and Equation Editor

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    Here's a video from on10.net of the Citations, Bibliography, and Equation Editor features I mentioned previously - Word 2007 - Academic features: citation & bibliography tools  To jump right to the Citation part - jump to the 3 min mark.

    Office 2007 - Microsoft Word

    Office 2007 - Microsoft Word

    Posted by Tina Wood on Feb 27th at 8:02 PM

     

    Microsoft Word 2007 rules!  It seems like we've used Word our whole lives but this is - by far - the greatest improvement in features and interface.  High School and College kids around the globe will love the new Microsoft Word 2007.  It's got a comprehensive set of new tools integrated with the incredible new ribbon interface. 

     

     

    Source: Office 2007 - Microsoft Word | Tina Wood | Channel 10

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    Future Personal Rapid Transit system on MS Campus?

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    Ran across this video of a PRT system on SoapBox - It would be nicer than the current shuttle system.  more info at www.bettercampus.org

    It's an updated vision of the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit project - which I had the pleasure to ride on a few years ago...

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    MSDN Nuggets

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    Just ran across the MSDN Nugget resource - I like the short takes on the topics and the ability to download them and watch them on the road. 

    MSDN Nuggets

    Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN Nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. View them online now or download for later reference.

    Here are a couple of Nuggets I found interesting...

    ASP.NET AJAX - Browser Compatibility

    A look at browser compatibility in ASP.NET AJAX, showing a variety of features rendered in both IE and Firefox for comparison. In addition, what happens when the browser has JavaScript disabled?

    Building a Custom Task Pane for the 2007 Microsoft Office System

    A guide to building Custom Task Panes for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

    Layout in WPF

    Layout is one of WPF's fundamentals and can be used to create complex layouts which scale according to desktop contstraints. In this nugget, we look at the various types of Panels which enable developers to create elegant layouts in our applications.

    Windows Workflow Foundation: Exposing Web Services

    Workflow Foundation has built-in capabilities that allow a Workflow to be published as an ASP.NET Web Service - in this session we'll look at how this is done and how it works.

    Windows Workflow Foundation: Using Persistence

    It is possible to save Workflow Instances into a persistent format in order to save resources or to allow a Workflow host to be recycled. In this session we'll look at using the SQL Persistence Service to achieve this.

    Source: MSDN Nuggets

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    i-Society 2007. Call for eScience and e-Health papers

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    Wanted to make sure all you eScience folks are aware of this i-Society 2007 Conference - good opportunity for paper submissions...also note the following "Proposals for special sessions are invited from both industry and academia" - Great to see the cross pollination between academia and industry.

    Here are some possible topics areas....

    e-Science

    • Natural sciences in digital society
    • Biometrics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Collaborative research

    e-Health

    • Data Security Issues
    • eHealth Policy and Practice
    • eHealthcare Strategies and Provision
    • Medical Research Ethics
    • Patient Privacy and Confidentiality
    • e-Medicine

      thanks to Keyuan Jiang for the pointer....

      International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2007)

      October 7–11, 2007, Merrillville, Indiana, USA

      Technical In-cooperation pending with IEEE CS and TCEC

      Sponsored by e-Centre for Infonomics logo University of East London logo Purdue University Calumet logo and in cooperation with Florida International University logo The Institution of Analysts and Programmers British Computer Society Association for Computing Machinery Kansas State University logo The Institution of Engineering and Technology logo

      Theme

      The International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2007) is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort that has its roots from both academia and industry. The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to information society, which includes technical and non-technical research areas.

      The mission of i-Society 2007 conference is to provide opportunities for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing and generate new knowledge in the field of information society.

      The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between academia and industry with regards to research collaboration and awareness of current development in secure information management in the digital society.

      Topics of interest

      The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

      e-Society
      • Global Trends
      • Social Inclusion
      • Intellectual property rights
      • Social infonomics
      • Computer-Mediated Communication
      • Social and Organisational Aspects
      • Globalisation and developmental IT
      • Social software
      e-Governance
      • Democracy and the Citizen
      • eAdministration
      • Policy Issues
      • Virtual Communities
      e-Business
      • Digital Economies
      • Knowledge economy
      • eProcurement
      • National and International Economies
      • eBusiness Ontologies and Models
      • Digital Goods and Services
      • eCommerce Application Fields
      • eCommerce Economics
      • eCommerce Services
      • Electronic Service Delivery
      • eMarketing
      • Online Auctions and Technologies
      • Virtual Organisations
      • Teleworking
      • Applied e-Business
      • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
      Research in progress
      • Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and professionals
      e-Learning
      • Collaborative Learning
      • Curriculum Content Design & Development
      • Delivery Systems and Environments
      • Educational Systems Design
      • eLearning Organisational Issues
      • Evaluation and Assessment
      • Virtual Learning Environments and Issues
      • Web-based Learning Communities
      • e-Learning Tools
      • e-Education
      e-Health
      • Data Security Issues
      • eHealth Policy and Practice
      • eHealthcare Strategies and Provision
      • Medical Research Ethics
      • Patient Privacy and Confidentiality
      • e-Medicine
      e-Art
      • Legal Issues
      • Patents
      • Enabling technologies and tools
      e-Science
      • Natural sciences in digital society
      • Biometrics
      • Bioinformatics
      • Collaborative research
      Industrial developments
      • Trends in learning
      • Applied research
      • Cutting-edge technologies
      Secure Technologies
      • Internet security
      • Web services and performance
      • Secure transactions
      • Cryptography
      • Payment systems
      • Secure Protocols
      • e-Privacy
      • e-Trust
      • e-Risk
      • Cyber law
      • Forensics
      • Information assurance
      New enabling technologies
      • Internet technologies
      • Wireless applications
      • Mobile Applications
      • Multimedia Applications
      • Protocols and Standards
      • Ubiquitous Computing
      • Virtual Reality
      • Human Computer Interaction
      • Geographic information systems
      • e-Manufacturing
      Intelligent data management
      • Intelligent Agents
      • Intelligent Systems
      • Intelligent Organisations
      • Content Development
      • Data Mining
      • ePublishing and Digital Libraries
      • Information Search and Retrieval
      • Knowledge Management
      • e-Intelligence
      • Knowledge networks

      Proceedings

      All papers accepted for the conference, including special sessions papers, will be published in the proceedings. The Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2006) will be published in a book (CD) with ISBN 0-9546628-1-4.

      Extended versions of the selected papers will be published as special issues in the following journals:

      • International Journal for Infonomics (IJI) , ISSN 1742-4712 (print), 1742-4720 (online)
      • International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (IJITST), ISSN 1748-569X (print), 1748-5703 (online)

      Important dates

      Paper submissions

      31 May 2007 – paper submission
      15 June 2007 – notification of acceptance
      1 July 2007 – final paper submission

      Poster submissions

      15 May 2007 – poster submission
      31 May 2007 – notification of acceptance
      10 June 2007 – final poster submission

      Proposals for special sessions are invited from both industry and academia. If you would like to organise a special session with the i-Society 2007, please read our ‘Call for sessions’.

      Conference venue

      Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville, Indiana, USA

      Source: i-Society 2007. Call for papers

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      SensorMap & Toolkit Tutorial

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      There is SensorMap training available, hosted at the IPSN 2007 conference in Boston, MA, USA, on Saturday April 28, 2007. Details on the tutorial are here.

      This tutorial includes a hands-on introduction and guide to the use and deployment of sensornet research tools from Microsoft Research (MSR): SensorMap and MSR Sense toolkit. SensorMap is a research portal that lets users visualize and query real-time sensornet data using a geographical interface such as Windows Live Local and allows data owners to easily publish their live data using a web service interface. The toolkit is a collection of software tools that allow users to collect, process, archive, and visualize data from a sensor network.

      Source: IPSN Tutorial: Sensormap and Toolkit

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      Equation Number in Office 2007 - macros

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      Murray Sargent pointed me to Dong Yu's macros...thought others might find them useful

      Equation Number in Office 2007

      Office 2007 comes with a very nice equation editor and bibliography manager. However, it does not support equation and theorem number management. To work around this problem. I have developed a set of macros. You can download it here.

      Source: Dong Yu @ Microsoft Research

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      BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation CTP available

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      The CTP for BPEL for Windows Workflow is available download it now from MSDN

      The March 2007 CTP for our BPEL activities for Windows Workflow Foundation was released today.

      BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is an add on for Windows Workflow Foundation in the .NET Framework 3.0. BPEL is the Business Process Execution Language and this download is an unsupported Community Technology Preview (CTP) for using this technology with WF. The download, which is aimed at software developers, provides import and export tools for BPEL and includes WF activities representing BPEL for the WF designer in Visual Studio 2005.

      Source: Paul Andrew : BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March Community Technology Preview is released

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      MS eScience & Berkeley Water Center

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      Here's a really good article from the Berkeley Lab View on the work that Catharine Van Ingen and Stuart Ozer from MSR have been involved with w/ LBL and the Berkeley Water Center.  The use of SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services have made a real difference in how scientists can explore AmeriFlux and water sensor data.   You can see the datasets for the AmeriFlux and the Russian River at http://bwc.berkeley.edu/ Also Deb Agarwal and team have done a real good job w/ their User Manual outlying how to access the data via the web and Excel

      Lab Team Helping Smooth Flow of Water Data

      By Jon Bashor

      A collaboration among Microsoft, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley is underway to make it easier for researchers to access and analyze collected data on water, with the goal of accelerating research in the increasingly important areas of water supply and climate change.

      Called Microsoft e-Science, the project is part of the Berkeley Water Center’s effort to marshal expertise from public institutions and the private sector to enable researchers to easily access and work with water data. The year-old center is the brainchild of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD), UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

      Source: [Read More] Berkeley Lab View -- March 16, 2007

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      SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

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      Grid folks and security researchers should be interested in the SecPAL preview release - The goal of the SecPAL project is to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies, and to investigate language design and semantics, as well as related algorithms and analysis techniques.

      SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

      The Security Policy Assertion Language (SecPAL) provides a flexible and robust declarative authorization language developed for large-scale Grid Computing Environments. This installable MSI includes a preview release of the .NET implementation of SecPAL, developer document describing the SecPAL programming model and scenario based samples intended to support evaluation of SecPAL.

      Source: SecPAL Preview Release for Microsoft .NET

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      Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 (Excel & Visio)

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      I think of the Data Mining Addins for Excel 2007, as data mining tools for common man - they allow anyone to use SQL Server Analysis Services without having to know how to program the backend.  It allows you to look for Key Influencers, Detect Categories, Highlight Exceptions, etc.  This can be a real benefit for scientists looking to do things like data cleaning directly from Excel. 

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      Microsoft Research uses CCS to search for HIV targets

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      It good to see the work David Heckerman and Carl Kadie from MSR are doing written up in a case study talking about the benefits of using the Windows Compute Cluster Server...

      From Doug Lindsey's blog...

      Microsoft Research uses CCS to search for HIV targets

      Microsoft Research performs cutting-edge research to find human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) immunogen targets. The results can be used in the development of vaccines against the virus. A Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 system run by the Microsoft HPC team significantly speeds up this analysis. Read all about it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=201111

      Since 2003, scientists at Microsoft Research have been performing research on the design of a vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, with only six personal computers and 10 processors, the research team struggled to perform statistical analysis, which required a year of computer processing, or CPU time. With the help of the High Performance Computing (HPC) group at Microsoft, the team deployed Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 on 25 IBM server computers. Now, the research team can run 50 jobs—of 200,000 work items each—in the time it once took to run 1 job. As a result, the research team has gained enough insights to publish in the top scientific journals. The team, which finds Windows Compute Cluster Server simple to deploy, use, manage, and extend, is using it to unravel the puzzles that may one day lead to an HIV vaccine.

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      HPC Basic Profile Overview

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      Rich Ciapala from the Windows HPC team has posted a good overview of the work they've been doing on the HPC Basic Profile...
      HPC Basic Profile Overview

      The HPC Basic Profile is a proposed Open Grid Forum (OGF) interoperability specification for job submission and management between HPC systems including batch job schedulers. It is based on existing specifications including the WS-I Basic Profile, the WS-I Basic Security Profile, Web Services Addressing, the Job Submission Language and the Basic Execution Service. This entry gives a high level overview of the profile. More detailed information can be found in the HPC Basic Profile specification (which is entering public comment) and the dependent specifications mentioned later in this entry. Since the profile is still open for feedback, the contents of this entry are subject to change.

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      Use Live Search to support Children's Hospital

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      It's great to see Live Search and Team Seattle teaming up to support Children's Hospital - I can personally attest to the great work that Children's does...nothing more comforting knowing our kids are in great hands.

      Live Search and Team Seattle are partnering to benefit Children's Hospital - and you can help.
      Live Search is proud to be a sponsor of the Team Seattle race car at this year's 24-hours of Daytona race. Team Seattle races to benefit Seattle's Children's Hospital and has raised over two million dollars in the past ten years to help pay the medical costs of children in need. In addition to sponsoring the car, we are offering you an easy way to help - simply do a Live Search from this page, and we will add $1 to our donation, up to $25,000.*

      Link to Use Live Search to support Children's Hospital

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      AJAX : The final release of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0

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      Just saw that the ASP.NET team released ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 and have updated the website...

      ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers.

      With ASP.NET AJAX, you can:

      • Create next-generation interfaces with reusable AJAX components.
      • Enhance existing Web pages using powerful AJAX controls with support for all modern browsers.
      • Continue using Visual Studio 2005 to take your ASP.NET 2.0 sites to the next level.
      • Access remote services and data directly from the browser without writing a ton of complicated script.
      • Enjoy the benefits of a free framework with 24x7 technical support provided by Microsoft.

      Download ASP.NET AJAX v1.0

      Source: AJAX : The Official Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX Site

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      BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Your PCs forecast climate future

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      It's great to see the climateprediction.net folks getting fantastic uptake on the community computation simulation - over 250,000 users...as a sponsor of the effort, it's great to see those idle cycles going to good use.

      Your PCs forecast climate future

      Climateprediction.net uses the power of thousands of ordinary PCs

      A computer model of climate run on home PCs in conjunction with the BBC has yielded its first results.

      About 250,000 people downloaded software from climateprediction.net onto their home computers, each running a single simulation of the future.

      The results suggest the UK could be about 3C warmer than now in 75 years' time, agreeing with other models.

      Full details will be revealed at the weekend in a BBC TV programme presented by Sir David Attenborough.

      Source: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Your PCs forecast climate future

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      SQL Server Starter Data Schema

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       Very cool - it would be great to see some scientific reserach schemas added to the list...

      SQL Server 2005 Express Data Schemas

      Deploying SQL Server Express in real-world environments

      This data schema series is designed for new database administrators and enthusiasts to quickly get started learning the basics of managing and administering SQL Server 2005 Express Edition in real-world environments. These fully-functional starter data schemas cover a wide-range of scenarios that are designed to help you quickly and easily deploy SQL Server 2005 Express Edition within your organization.

      Source: Starter Data Schema

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      Technology Review: The Year in Infotech and MSR SenseWeb

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      It's great to see the MSR SenseWeb project picked as one of 2006 most significant advances in information technology by Technology Review.  Check out the SensorMap and you can see the JHU Life Under Your Feet Project sensors on the map.

      Geotagging. GPS is becoming a more common feature in mobile phones, cameras, and cars. The result is a world of people, pictures, cars, and data trails on maps. A Microsoft research project aggregates disparate sensor data to map the world in real time.

      Source: Technology Review: The Year in Infotech

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      Wikipedia Explorer beta

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      I saw this post about the Wikipedia Explorer using WPF on Steve Claytons blog - it's really easy to use - I like the network mode - seeing all the relevant links - I also like how it adds columns to the page as you maximize the window...I see this as a model for how sceintific data/papers should be viewed.

      "Using the latest WPF technologies, Dot Net Solutions has crafted an application to browse Wikipedia which we have dubbed Wikipedia Explorer. Compared to the standard text only view of articles, Wikipedia Explorer deals with and displays the relationships between the articles.
      With the display of the data, the application allows 3 forms of view. An initial Document layout displays the article's content as it would be displayed in Wikipedia itself. The real value of the application however, is in the extra 3DExplorer and Network view modes.

      Within the 3DExplorer mode, the main article is displayed in the centre of the screen with all linked articles shown around in a helix structure for quick navigation. Scrolling through the articles is as easy as scrolling with your mouse wheel."

      What you get is a VERY powerful visualization of the flat by hypertexted Wikpedia. The 3D explorer is funky but the Network mode is just awesome. Put in a search term, switch to Network mode and watch the app build out the web of links before your very eyes. I think Tim has done a stunning job here but you can check for yourself as Wikipedia Explorer can be run as a ClickOnce application (note that you do need to install the .NET 3.0 redistributable package)

      Source: Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise : Wikipedia Explorer beta

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      SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 CTP

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      So glad to see the CTP of Data Mining Add-ins available - I see this is as Data Mining for the rest of us...

      Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 (Data Mining Add-ins) allow you take advantage of SQL Server 2005 predictive analytics in Office Excel 2007 and Office Visio 2007. The download includes the following components:

      • Table Analysis Tools for Excel: This add-in provides you with easy-to-use tasks that leverage SQL Server 2005 Data Mining under the covers to perform powerful analytics on your spreadsheet data.
      • Data Mining Client for Excel: This add-in allows you to go through the full data mining model development lifecycle within Excel 2007 using either your spreadsheet data or external data accessible through your SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services instance.
      • Data Mining Templates for Visio: This add-in allows you to render and share your mining models as annotatable Visio 2007 drawings.

      Source: Download details: SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 CTP

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