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

Big Data Innovation Hubs selected for NTIS joint venture partnership

joint-partners_1Partnerships called “a major milestone for the data economy”

The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. Once finalized, this partnership will provide opportunities for collaborations between the Big Data Hubs and NTIS to deliver groundbreaking data projects across federal agencies. Read more

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RENCI teams with Duke on networking research to make science more productive

NSF grant will address security issues of Network Infrastructure as a Service (NIaaS)


CHAPEL HILL, NC – RENCI will lead a $1 million research project to securely automate and monitor the creation of virtual “superfacilities” that link scientists to multiple resources to increase their productivity.

The award from the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program will provide three years of funding to RENCI’s Network Research and Infrastructure group and to partners in the Duke University computer science department and Duke’s Office of Information Technology. Read more

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U.S. EPA announced as newest member of National Consortium for Data Science

EPA-frontpageCHAPEL HILL, NC – The United States Environmental Protection Agency is the latest organization to join the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to capitalize on the opportunities of big data and advance data science.

The U.S. EPA, which works with massive amounts of environmental data in its efforts to protect human health and the environment, joins Deloitte, Drexel University, EMC, GE, IBM, MCNC, North Carolina State University, RENCI, RTI International, UNC Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and UNC General Administration as NCDS members. As a member, EPA representatives will be able to participate in NCDS events, workshops, and working groups and will collaborate with other consortium members to develop strategies for utilizing big data and advancing data science education.   Read more

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iRODS team offers free workshop at SC16

IRODS: From Prototype to Production will be sponsored by DDN

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Attendees of SC16 who are interested in federated data management will have the chance to learn about iRODS and the iRODS Consortium at a free workshop sponsored by consortium member DDN.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Wasatch Room on the second floor of the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, 215 S. Temple. To reserve a seat at the workshop and view more information, click here.

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