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  • Blog Post: AGU 2012–Environment and large displays are fun

    This week many of us from the Microsoft Research Earth, Energy and Science team are down at AGU2012 enjoying all that the American Geophysical Union’s 45th annual Fall Meeting has.  MSR has been a participant for many years and really enjoy connecting with scientists and researchers to discuss their...
  • 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: Layerscape WWT Workshop Tutorial

    I've created the first in a sequence of Layerscape tutorials as a Power Point deck. This is -- of course -- published at Layerscape and has garnered rave reviews. Well, one rave review anyway. Here's what it takes you through: Getting the tools installed on your PC Starting up the Excel Add...
  • Blog Post: What’s an Albedo? (And Why You Should Care)

    Here’s a really good article on KQED’s Climate Watch on Albedo and why it’s important in a warming planet – it’s also really good to see Jeff Dozier’s work highlighted in the article.   btw, last year Jeff was awarded the Jim Gray eScience Award , which recognizes innovators whose work has...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Memories for life – SenseCam available

    It’s great to see that the technology behind the SenseCam work out of MSR Cambridge is now available for anyone to utilize.  It’s had some real success as an aid for people with memory loss – check out the papers – but it could also be used as a data collection device, I see it being used in environmental...
  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm Book – now available on Amazon – Paperback and Kindle

    In addition to downloading the Fourth Paradigm book for free from the Microsoft Research website – you can now purchase a hardcopy or a Kindle version from Amazon.  Of course using the Kindle for PC provides a great experience for reading the book.  The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific...
  • Blog Post: The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery – Book Released

    Today Microsoft Research announced the availability of the book - The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery .  The book focuses on the change of all sciences moving from observational, to theoretical, to computational and now to the 4th Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery...
  • 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: Science Analytics – look to use Project “Gemini”

    When I first saw and heard details about Project “Gemini” , I was blown away by the technology and innovation created by SQL and Excel teams and that held up when I was able to test it out on my own.  It will be especially useful for scientists that want to not only analyze large amounts of data...
  • Blog Post: eScience Workshop 2009 – Call for Papers

    The 2009 eScience Workshop will be held at the Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA,  October 15-17, 2009.  The call for papers closes on July 31, 2009 . Call for Papers We invite contributions from all areas of eScience and e-Research including...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – Busy couple of weeks – NASA and SilverLight

    Yesterday the joint press release went out on the collaboration and Space Act Agreement we’re been working on with NASA for sometime.  We’re really excited about working with NASA to process many datasets like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and make them available in WorldWide Telescope ...
  • Blog Post: 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 . ...
  • Blog Post: WWT at TechFest on NYTimes.com

    The NYTimes.com article by Ashlee Vance , included a great picture by Stuart Isett for The New York Times showing the dome that was put together for TechFest to demonstrate the planetarium projection mode of WWT as well as the gesture interaction from Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko . Microsoft Maps Course...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Science Images in Photosynth

    Here are a few really good synths of scientific images in Photosynth.  You can find others using Microscopes or Biology .  And there is even a Dissected Cat if you have a strong stomach. Obelia, polyps, golangia by ppberk Micrographs of powder coating material by SynthSets Frog Kidney by ppberk...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth in full view

    Now this is a way to view Virtual Earth – talk about an immersive experience.  I would like to see how WorldWide Telescope would look on this display… PDC2008 ShowOff Entry: Multi-channel Virtual Earth Multi-channel Virtual Earth Description This video shows a multi-channel version of the Virtual...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: The 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop at IUPUI – Registration Open

    The registration site for this year’s Microsoft eScience Workshop at IUPUI is now open and the call for papers deadline has been extended to September 15 th . The 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop at IUPUI December 7-9, 2008, Indianapolis, IN, USA Important Dates: Paper submission opens: July 1, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Sphere Project - A Multi-Touch Interactive Spherical Display

    Today at the MSR Faculty Summit – I was able to play with the Sphere Project, and it’s a real unique way to interact with information/data.  It makes you think what data could be place in a system like this and how to interact with it.  We’ll be playing with it more and are interested in ideas...
  • Blog Post: "How to blog, get tenure and prosper"

    One of the discussions that frequently happens at the eScience/Science 2.0 type meetings is how does academia incorporate the Web 2.0 technologies (Blogging, etc) into the tenure based reward system - these are technologies that change how quickly/accessible information can be and are not connected to...
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