Data sharing made easy

031293__largeCHAPEL HILL, NC – Sharing hydrologic data and models is getting easier, thanks to Hydroshare, a Web-based collaborative environment that expands the data sharing capabilities of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information System (HIS).

The first version of HydroShare, developed by RENCI with input from a large community of scientists and software engineers, is now available on the HydroShare website. The HydroShare beta version allows hydrologists and other scientists studying water-related issues to easily upload data from their research projects, add metadata about the data files, and contribute related links, papers and source data.

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Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis

colorful-brainCHAPEL HILL, NC – A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis.

Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions that define the development of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia emerges in late adolescence and early adulthood and affects about 1 in every 100 people. In severe cases, the impact on a young person can be a life compromised, and the burden on family members can be almost as severe.

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Better storm surge modeling using high performance computing

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From left to right: RENCI’s Casey Averill, Brian Blanton and John McGee

When hurricanes or tropical storms head toward the North Carolina coast, RENCI’s Dell PowerEdge cluster, called Hatteras, springs into action, producing finely-detailed models of possible storm tracks and resulting coastal storm surge several times a day.

A recent upgrade to Hatteras means more capacity to produce  a large number of storm surge forecast ensembles and high-resolution models in less than three hours. The effort to upgrade Hatteras was documented in a recent case study developed by Dell.

Read the case study.

For more on RENCI’s coastal modeling work, see Coastal Hazards Modeling web page.

Software skills for scientists

Forty-five students from around the globe spent the last three weeks in classrooms at RENCI in Chapel Hill and at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, learning the software and technology skills needed for open, collaborative, and reproducible synthesis research.

Participants and instructors in the RENCI portion of the Open Science for Software course pose for a group photo on the final day of class.

Participants and instructors in the RENCI portion of the Open Science for Software course pose for a group photo on the final day of class.

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Putting data in its place

With many large data sets, place is an important component. From the emergency manager looking for the best evacuation route to the historian trying to understand urban development patterns over the years, people rely on geographically referenced data to meet a variety of research, business, and government needs.

RENCI’s Geoanalytics platform provides intuitive, map-based visualizations to help transform data into decisions. Among other applications, this free, open source software has been used to inform disaster response, study the spread of disease, and increase the accessibility of public records.

To learn more, read the RENCI Geoanalytics White Paper or visit the Geoanalytics@RENCI website.

Participants from around the world to participate in bicoastal Open Science for Synthesis course

CHAPEL HILL, NC and SANTA BARBARA, CA – A unique training course that will take place simultaneously on both U.S. coasts will get underway July 21 at RENCI headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, and at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Open Science for Synthesis (OSS) is aimed at early career scientists who want to learn new software and technology skills needed for open, collaborative, and reproducible synthesis research. The three-week intensive program will run through August 8, with 45 participants who completed a competitive application process participating in the program.

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REACH NC Resource Finder expands capabilities of successful statewide researcher portal

reachnc-logoCHAPEL HILL, NC – REACH NC, a Web portal that connects businesses, developers, government officials, other researchers and citizens to thousands of experts working in higher education and research institutions throughout North Carolina, now helps users find university assets and resources across the state through a new tool called the REACH NC Resource Finder. Read more

Data visualization to fine-tune healthcare

RENCI teams up with Duke University researcher to use visualization to understand disease risk factors and symptoms.  The age of big data presents both great opportunities for new knowledge as well as challenges in figuring out how to interpret, organize and use such large quantities of data. Data analysis and management are especially important hurdles to overcome in medicine, where data can help physicians better understand and treat disease.

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North Carolina researchers to demonstrate distributed computing as a defense against power grid cyber attacks

logoA nationwide team that includes researchers from the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill (RENCI) and North Carolina State University will demonstrate how innovative cyber-physical systems can be used to prevent cyber attacks on power grids as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge and Expo, June 11 in Washington, D.C. Read more

Data Matters summer short courses to focus on data issues in business and research

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Business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, data center administrators and anyone else who grapples with big data are the target audience for a weeklong workshop series on data issues sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).

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