Category Archives: Spotlight

Profile of a Data Science Pioneer, Dr. Reagan Moore

As he approaches retirement, Reagan Moore reflects on SRB, iRODS, and the ongoing challenge of helping scientists manage their data. In 1994, Reagan Moore managed the production computing systems at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), a job that entailed running and maintaining huge Cray computing systems as well as networking, archival storage, security, job […]

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HydroShare empowers water science research with new capabilities

HydroShare, an online collaborative environment to support analysis, modeling, and data publication related to water science research, continues to expand the options and features it provides to hydrologists and the larger water science research community. Launched in 2012, the effort to build HydroShare as an open source water science research and discovery environment means that […]

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The Internet of Samples aims to break down research barriers

The Internet of Things may be all the rage, but a group of scientists that met recently at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) wants to add the Internet of Samples (iSamples) to your radar. Across the world, scientists engage in research that requires them to collect physical samples, which are often unique and difficult to […]

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The RENCI student experience

Internship. Student Research Assistantship. These words once conjured images of time spent drudging away in corporate office air conditioning or musty back rooms of a university department. Time spent filing papers, making and slugging coffee, or solving the mystery of the broken copy machine (again!). Times have changed, though, and for many students, the experience […]

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Harnessing the power of data for quality breast cancer detection

RENCI-enhanced software helps reduce false positives and maintain compliance. Currently, about 12 percent of the female population will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, and for women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite these harsh […]

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DataBridge shines a light on dark data

Chapel Hill, NC – Even in the age of big data, most research data is created by small research teams or individual investigators. These researchers collect their data, analyze it, and usually store it on a local hard drive or network where it is impossible for future researchers to access it. Individually, these data sets […]

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Data Matters draws over 100 students to Chapel Hill

International group of students sharpen data science skills in short course series. A second cohort of students recently wrapped up their summer data science learning at the Data Matters Short Course Series. A total of 132 business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, and others who grapple with big data attended the short course series held […]

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Getting to know RENCI’s Social Computing Rooms

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Big data and data presented as imagery hold great value as tools for educators and researchers, but working with enormous data sets can be overwhelming. Medical records, social networking data, environmental measurements gleaned from remote sensors, online transactions, and more can help doctors diagnose their patients, allow businesses to better serve […]

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Bringing big data to the social sciences

Much has been said about big data and its potential to improve business productivity, understand risks, and improve medial diagnoses. But first and foremost, data is about people: how they interact with each other and their environment, their beliefs, the choices they make, and the significance of those choices. With so much human-focused data available, […]

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RENCI white paper surveys 10 emerging technologies for higher education

The U.S. higher education system faces many challenges, none more daunting than this: How to equip students with the skills they will need to survive in a competitive, globally connected world while keeping costs—especially tuition—from skyrocketing. Proponents of educational reform argue that students are disengaged from the learning process and that traditional lecture-based courses do […]

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