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Last week I had the opportunity to lead a discussion on The Fourth Paradigm with attendees at an e-science and research data management conference. Thanks to technology, specifically Microsoft Office Live Meeting, I was able to participate from Redmond even though the conference was held at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany. Since its founding in 1991, the university has established itself as an important member of the scientific community not only in the region of Brandenburg and Berlin, but also internationally. Last week's conference was attended by scientists representing different disciplines, including librarians, data managers and scientific software developers. In my talk I called out Jim Gray’s seven key actions, four of which address the funding of generic tools for data management, with three focused on the coming revolution in scholarly communication and the need for digital libraries with content that’s both data and text. Jim’s call to action set a useful context for the later discussions in the meeting.
Tony Hey, corporate vice president, External Research, Microsoft Research