The largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) took place in Maastricht, Netherlands, from June 3 to 6, 2013. More than 500 participants attended the event, including decision makers, networking specialists, and managers from all major European networking and research organizations, universities, and worldwide institutions, and industries .

Kenji Takeda from Microsoft Research Connections gave a keynote address exploring the opportunities of cloud computing in research. The availability of big and broad data is becoming a foundation upon which we can accelerate our research and education across all disciplines, including science, engineering, technology, social science, anthropology, history, and government. Takeda’s talk explored how Windows Azure is enabling new capabilities and insight in data-intensive research through services and tools in areas including big history, astronomy, genomics, medicine, and environmental science.

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