Workshop shows that data matters at Carolina

When you put more than 50 faculty members, center directors, and researchers from 30 different campus units in a room, ideas are inevitable. However, all the attendees at the Data@Carolina Workshop last week agreed on one point: The explosion of data presents educational and research opportunities across the Carolina community, and Carolina must take a strategic approach to capitalize on these opportunities.

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RENCI, NC State receive NSF funding for smart grid communications development


Yufeng Xin

The National Science Foundation recently announced plans to award nearly $12 million to US Ignite, as part of the new White House “Smart Cities” Initiative, which will provide funding to projects and organizations developing next-generation Internet applications.

One of the projects that will benefit from the new funding is a joint effort involving RENCI, North Carolina State University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology to develop an advanced design architecture that will integrate cloud computing and next-generation communication networks with wide-area control of large power systems based on Synchronized Phasor Measurements, or “Synchophasors.”

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UNC, RENCI join research network focused on improving healthcare in the Southeast

RENCI will participate in informatics team for new translational medicine award

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of multiple new sites to join the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN), a collaborative partnership that is harnessing data from electronic health records to improve outcomes for patients throughout the Southeast. The expansion is funded by a three-year, $8.5 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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NCDS DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series provides forum for data science topics

April 2015 marked the start of the new National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) DataBytes Lunchtime Webinar Series. Launched as an opportunity to discuss the most interesting issues and ideas in data science, the series gives NCDS members and the broader data science community a chance to delve into a new topic each month.

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IoT for the Industrial Internet workshop defines key research questions

Internet-enabled sensors and devices that network and communicate with each other – often called the Internet of Things (IoT) – are considered by many to be the next grand challenge in big data. While the constant connectivity of the IoT offers the potential to improve our economies, communities, and health, it also presents new challenges.

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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 realities, the death rates from breast cancer have steadily decreased since 1989, a trend often attributed to treatment advances and increased screening.

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iRODS Consortium announces iRODS Partners and iRODS Hub to support growing user-developer community

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The iRODS Consortium has launched two new services to support the continued growth of its strong, dynamic user and developer communities.

iRODS—the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System—is free open source data management software that helps organizations control massive amounts of unstructured data by providing capabilities including automated organization, archiving, access control, auditing, and search. The iRODS Consortium is a membership organization that supports ongoing iRODS development. It is based at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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RTP’s Frontier Welcomes REACH NC

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – REACH NC, the Web portal that helps bring the expertise of thousands of North Carolina-based researchers to businesses, developers, government agencies, and the public, has a new home at The Frontier, the new state-of-the-art space in Research Triangle Park designed to foster collaboration and community among business people and entrepreneurs.

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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 are small, but in the aggregate, they too can be defined as big data. In science, they are referred to as “dark data,” an untapped treasure trove of information that other researchers are unable to discover and use.

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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 during the last full week of June at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

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