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  • Blog Post: Lee Dirks, Remembered

    This blog post is one I would never wish to write. As many of you know, in late August, my friend and colleague, Lee Dirks, and his wife Judy were killed in an automobile accident while vacationing in Peru. They leave behind two young daughters and broken hearts throughout Microsoft Research and beyond...
  • Blog Post: Paradigm Shifting in Scholarly Communications

    Earlier this year, Lee Dirks, Cheri Ekholm, and I attended Phil Bourne’s Beyond the PDF workshop at the University of California, San Diego. This workshop advanced the premise that scholarly communication can and should evolve from static and disparate data and knowledge representation, as embodied...
  • Blog Post: Chemistry Add-in for Word Helps Bridge the Gap between Science and Technology

    Could a semantic, chemical authoring tool be developed for Microsoft Word? The paper and PDF formats that are the standard vehicles for scholarly communication are great at presenting natural language for people to read, but are not as good at carrying the machine-interpretable semantic data that is...
  • Blog Post: New Award Honors Significance of Open, Available Data

    For several years, Microsoft External Research has been a proud sponsor of the BioMed Central Research Awards . The awards honor excellence in an approach to publishing known as "open access research," whereby content is available not only to subscribers but also to anyone online. This year, as a...
  • Blog Post: Digital Preservation: Informing Tomorrow Today

    Ironically, the faster we progress in terms of technology, the shorter the lifespan of our tools becomes. History that was etched into stone walls or tablets millennia ago is still readable in its original format, much more clearly and easily accessible, in fact, then data “saved” a few years...
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