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  • Blog Post: 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 SQLServerDataMining.com 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...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 FILETABLE for managing data in scientific, heterogeneous, idiosyncratic computing environments

    The FILETABLE feature, available in SQL Server 2012, solves a problem that has bedeviled our research group for years. It is especially useful for people who combine SQL Server for data management with other tools (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R, C code) for data analysis and modeling. Problem : Our work...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining Services in the Cloud – Mine your Data, Any Place, Any Time

    This is great news - Software-plus-Services that any scientist/researcher could use.  The SQL Server Data Mining folks have a Data Mining Service in the cloud they are testing out…I posted previously [ OLAP and Scientific Data & Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 (Excel & Visio) ] about...
  • Blog Post: F# – Sept CTP available and units of measure checking/inference

    The September 2008 CTP of F# is now available for download.  F# is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework and really should be looked at by scientists/researchers.  Also check out the F# Developer Center on MSDN for more info and resources.  There are a lot of new features...
  • Blog Post: OLAP and Scientific Data

    While I’ve been pushing the ideas of using OLAP data cubes to evaluate scientific data for awhile, I thought it might be a good time to pull together some relevant papers and links. I believe OLAP is ideal to help analyze large quantities of data including time series information...making it easier for...
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