by Anne Johnson
Platform offers insights on the forces that drive regional economies
Why do businesses spread like kudzu in some places but wither on the vine in others?
It’s an important question for anyone considering where to start a new business or seeking to cultivate a strong economy for their region. But it’s not an easy question to answer. Read more
Registration now open at datamatters.org
We live in a data-driven world, and as researchers, business professionals, and government policymakers struggle to stay on top of the latest data science trends and practices, the Data Matters™ Short Course Series returns to offer a week full of education and training. Read more
Registration discounts through April 1; visit irods.org
DURHAM, NC – Users of the integrated Rule Oriented Data System (iRODS) will come to Durham, NC from points around the globe to attend the 2018 iRODS User Group Meeting (UGM) June 5 – 7.
Data and water scientists aim to learn from an unparalleled natural disaster.
Among the many problems faced by residents of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is a lack of clean drinking water; this poses health risks for people who have already endured unprecedented hardship.
The storm and its aftermath also provided a distinctive occasion for an interdisciplinary research team, including RENCI experts, to collect data to understand how the storm impaired the island’s water resources. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the team is developing a software system to archive and share information about drinking water quality in some of the most devastated areas of Puerto Rico, and assessing how disruption in services affects water quality and relates to disease outbreaks.
Travel and accommodations provided; applications due March 15
For today’s graduate and post-doctoral students, conducting research often starts by trying to make sense of the many tools, technologies, and work environments used in data-intensive research and computing.
Fortunately, there is help in navigating this new research landscape. Read more
The University of Groningen (UG) Center for Information Technology (CIT) is the newest member of the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based organization that leads efforts to develop, support, and sustain the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS).
UG, a research university with a global outlook, is deeply rooted in the northern Netherlands town of Groningen, known as the City of Talent. The University ranks among the top 100 in several important ranking lists. It boasts a student population of about 30,000, both locally and internationally, and employs 5,500 full-time faculty and staff. Its Center for Information Technology (CIT) serves as the university’s IT center and promotes the sophisticated use of IT in higher education and research. CIT’s 200 employees manage the IT facilities and support processes for all students and staff members. Read more
The NCDS brings together students and companies for career events such as this one at The Frontier in RTP.
Five years after its founding at RENCI, consortium has sharper focus and more pathways to membership.
The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private consortium formed to address the challenges and opportunities of big data, has updated its membership structure, making it easier for businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits to join the NCDS community. Read more
Organization is now implementing new iRODS-based infrastructure
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), a national research infrastructure hosted at universities across Sweden, is the newest member of the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Read more
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has tapped the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RENCI, a UNC technology research institute, to lead a project that is part of a nationwide effort to develop an NIH Data Commons, a shared virtual space where biomedical researchers can easily and securely work with data, analytical tools, and applications. Read more
Project team from left to right: Todd Vision, UNC-Chapel Hill; Jim Balhoff, RENCI; Wasila Dahdul, University of South Dakota; Josef Uyeda, Virginia Tech; and Hilmar Lapp, Duke University.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will play key roles in a new project that applies semantic technologies developed by computer and information scientists to the field of evolutionary biology.