NC-FIRST goes mobile


CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 10, 2009 – Emergency managers and first responders across North Carolina can now interpret weather data from their own pockets using the mobile version of  the Renaissance Computing Institute’s (RENCI) NC-FIRST Web portal. Read more

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NCEMA conference to reveal new disaster management tools

CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 3, 2009 – RENCI will showcase new disaster management tools and programs at the annual spring conference of the North Carolina Emergency Managers Association (NCEMA) in Sunset Beach, NC. Read more

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RENCI at NC State gives Friday Institute a new visualization tool


Trying to glean meaning out of volumes of data is a challenge for those involved with North Carolina’s School Connectivity Program, including researchers at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. Read more

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Double Vision

A Student project reinterprets the well-known photograph of a Vietnamese general executing a suspected traitor at point blank range by shifting the action to a hair salon and replacing the hand gun with a blow dryer

A Student project reinterprets the well-known photograph of a Vietnamese general executing a suspected traitor at point blank range by shifting the action to a hair salon and replacing the hand gun with a blow dryer.

When Susan Harbage Page heard about RENCI and its innovative uses of digital media technologies, she decided to visit the RENCI engagement center at UNC Chapel Hill.

A photographer and photography instructor at UNC, Harbage Page wanted to learn about the possibilities of using digital media with her intermediate photography class. Read more

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Preserving the past for future generations


How will our grandchildren understand the dramatic events of the 2008 U.S. presidential election if they can’t access the rich digital information that documented and, arguably, influenced the process? Read more

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RENCI at ECU hosts local kids for Gettysburg Address reading


Kids at RENCi at ECU read the Gettysburg Address simultaneously with school children across the nation as part of the celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

At 10 a.m. on February 12, home-schooled students from the Greenville area gathered around the visualization wall at RENCI at East Carolina University (ECU) to participate in a worldwide celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

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RENCI 2.0 is here

We have redesigned our website in order to give our users a web presence that is robust, interactive, visually interesting and takes full advantage of social networking tools.

The new site prominently features RENCI-produce video, scientific images and animations. All videos are included on our YouTube site, while photos are available via Flickr. A new RENCI Facebook site allows Facebook users to become friends of RENCI and receive regular updates, and users also can follow RENCI on Twitter. A blog role with RSS feed, featuring several new RENCI blogs, offers insight on technology issues and information about RENCI events and projects. The site also makes it simple to share news items with others or to comment on any of our web content.

We invite you to explore and we welcome your feedback: webmaster at

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Accessing the big picture

Chapel Hill Assistant Fire Marshall Dace Bergen on board a fire truck equipped with the RENCI-developed Automated Vehicle Location System.

When it comes to managing an emergency, you can’t have too much information. Sensor and wireless communication technologies make it possible to monitor and manage fire trucks and rescue vehicles in the field, but relatively few vehicles are equipped with such technologies. The software needed for such systems is often costly and the learning curve steep. Read more

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RENCI Weather Web project begins year 2 with new competition

CHAPEL HILL, NC, February 3, 2009- North Carolina counties that lack weather stations–and therefore lack detailed weather data–will once again have the chance to acquire a research and operational grade weather station through the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web project, aimed at enhancing weather-related K-12 education and at improving the quantity and quality of weather data in underserved areas of the state. Read more

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RENCI, ITS host lecture on distributed computing

Miron Livny, a professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin and a well-known expert on distributed processing and high throughput computing, will provide an overview of two national distributed computing facilities at a Feb. 23 lecture. The talk begins at 10:15 a.m. at 011 Sitterson Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. It will last about an hour and will be followed by a short question and answer session.

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