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  • Blog Post: new earthscience blog 'hello world' cross-post to eScience at Microsoft

    This is a cross-post of a first blog entry from Rob's new earth science blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/earthscience . Hello, my name is Rob Fatland and this is the first in an occasional blog primarily about earth system science . That is: The task of understanding our habitat using interwoven system...
  • Blog Post: Two Big Telescopes in Austin for SXSW and one Big Screen

    Today starts South by Southwest Interactive and the Worldwide Telescope team is working with NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to delivery a exhibit around the James Webb Space Telescope that is close to out of this world.   There is the full scale model of the JWST and the wall...
  • Blog Post: Connecting the Science dots at TechFest 2013

    During this years annual Microsoft Research TechFest , where Microsoft Research exposes compelling research projects to employees and guests, there are a couple Science related projects being highlighted.  The Computational Ecology and Environmental Science (CEES) group at our Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: A tool for Data Science - Microsoft "Data Explorer" Preview for Excel now available

    Functionality and features for Excel 2013 just keeps getting better, especially when you realize that Self-Service BI can enable Self-Service SI (Science Intelligence) – the latest is the release of the Microsoft "Data Explorer" Preview for Excel which give you a “intuitive and consistent experience...
  • 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: 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: PSH5X–A Windows PowerShell module for HDF5

    Just saw the announcement from the HDF5 group that they’ve released PSH5X-a Windows PowerShell module for HDF5 . They also have some good resources up to help get started – including the pseudo-mindmap of the provider…. For folks not familiar with HDF5 - The HDF5 technology suite is designed to organize...
  • 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: "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: 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: Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

    Now what computational scientist wouldn’t want one of these under their desk.  I like the tagline, “putting ‘work’ back into workstation” . Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC by Michael Feldman, HPCwire Editor If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft's latest OS is about...
  • 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: Amazon Web Services support Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

    Now that AWS is supporting SDSS, there is probably useful integration between the Worldwide Telescope and the SDSS datasets that can be leveraged, beyond what is currently supported - such as seeing the all the known galaxies in a 3D view – seeing the lattice structure of the universe.  Search and...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Project Tuva: Richard Feynman is now available to all.

    Project Tuva , an enhanced video player showcasing Richard Feynman’s “Messenger” lectures is available for all to try out.  It’s the way I’d like to view talks and related information – check it out.  Not only does it allow for web links, images, but it also integrates with the WorldWide Telescope...
  • Blog Post: Project Trident: A Scientific Workflow Workbench available for download

    Project Trident CTP is now available for download .  Project Trident is a scientific workflow workbench MSR External Research has been working on for the past few years, which allows scientists to analyze large, diverse datasets.  It’s built on Windows Workflow and utilizes SQL Server (Express...
  • 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: Citizen Science Impact: Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Galaxy Zoo

    If you ever wonder what how normal citizens can have an impact in science – take a listen to the latest Podcast from 365 Days of Astronomy and how a mild manner school teacher from the Netherlands found a strange object while participating in Galaxy Zoo .  Now with the Hubble servicing mission complete...
  • 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: Math and equations in Office

    One of the most hidden features in Word 2007 is the equation editor – it allows you to input equations using the linear format and the equations that are generated are truly visualizing appealing.  There are some videos showing the use of equation editor, but I just see that Murray Sargent is the...
  • 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: 100 hours of Astronomy at Galaxy Zoo – Join in

    As part of IYA - Galaxy Zoo is working on 1 million classification clicks in 100 hours – ends on Sunday April 5th.  Right now they are just over halfway there…join in and help out.  Celebrating 100 hours of Astronomy The International Year of Astronomy is celebrating 100 hours of astronomy...
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