Expert panelists to discuss bots, lies, and the new information environment

The March 9 webcast is free and open to all.

The explosion of social media, blogs, and websites purporting to be news sources, along with a 24-hour news cycle and ubiquitous assess to the internet from cell phones and other devices, means a new information environment. That environment is radically different from the days when we depended on the New York Times and local newspapers for information, and it is rewriting the norms of social interaction, conversation, public discourse, and news reporting. Read more

New report recommends actions to position North Carolina as a leader in the new data economy

State must support education and entrepreneurs to be a data leader

CHAPEL HILL, NC – North Carolina has the brain power, the educational system, and the technology business sector that can propel it to the top in the emerging data economy, says a report published recently by the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation. However, those assets must be nurtured through a focus on data education and literacy, support for data-focused startups, and a coordinated effort to present the state as a data leader. Read more

Students and employers from across NC connect at data science career event

Want to be competitive in the job market? Skills in data collection, organization, and analysis are keys to thriving in today’s economy.

In a recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management, more than half of the organizations surveyed say they expect to hire more candidates with data analysis skills over the next five years. Moreover, 78 percent of organizations who hired data scientists and analysts in the last year reported difficulty recruiting for these positions. Read more

Leading scientific IT and research company MSC joins the iRODS Consortium

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Medical Science and Computing, LLC (MSC), a company that provides scientific information technology and research services to the federal health and life sciences community, has joined the growing membership of the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Read more

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National Consortium for Data Science seeks faculty members for Data Fellows program

CHAPEL HILL, NC –  The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to advance data science and capitalize on the opportunities of a data-rich society, seeks participants for its 2017 – 2018 Data Fellows program. Read more

Top software developers tapped to lead iRODS Consortium

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Two software development experts with nearly 30 years of combined experience have officially taken the lead roles in the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Read more

Podcast features interviews with iRODS leadership

iRODS Consortium Executive Director Jason Coposky and Chief Technologist Terrell Russell were interviewed on the Research, Computing & Engineering Podcast in an episode published on Jan. 27. Read more

A data center upgrade for a data-rich world

What is a data center? Ask any number of technologists or scientists and you will probably get a wide range of answers, in part because the data center concept changes as the technologies that power them change.

In the 1960s and 70s, as scientists began to exploit new technological research tools, data centers began popping up on university campuses and at research labs worldwide. The first- generation data centers functioned primarily as long-term data repositories. In the 1980s and 90s, data centers evolved to include new resources and tools for managing data sets that were growing larger and more complex. These new methods for accessing, managing, and archiving data meant researchers could collaborate and share their data and research results. Read more

New research project aims to translate biomedical data for better healthcare, research, and policy-making


CHAPEL HILL, NC – Data is ubiquitous in both clinical settings and in biomedical research labs. It includes disease symptoms noted by healthcare professionals, lab results from tests done on patients, information about clinical procedures and the effects of specific drugs, evidence about the environmental and socioenvironmental factors that impact diseases and disease treatments, the biological pathways and genetic underpinning of diseases, and information about the chemical and molecular structure of drugs and drug targets.  Read more

RENCI and the Coastal Resilience Center partnership honored with 2016 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award


Tom Tabor, publisher of HPCWire, presents an HPCWire reader’s choice award to RENCI Communications Director Karen Green. Also pictured are Anthony Jenkins of Dell (far left) and RENCI COO Jay Aikat (far right).

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) have been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more