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Free the Science: One Scholarly Society’s bold vision for open access and why it matters now more than ever

This is a repost of a very interesting article by Ellen Finnie in  the IO:In The Open Blog. Ellen is a member of the ECS Group of Advisory Librarians (EGALs). The Electrochemical Society, a small nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1902, has … Continue reading

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The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

If you have never seen this, I recommend it.  Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, extraordinarily prescient demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now ubiquitous. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word … Continue reading

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The SAMI Data Archive: A Prototype of An Archive of the Future?

Astronomy data sets are not simply exploding in size – they are exploding in complexity too. Witness the data sets obtained from integral-field spectroscopy (IFS).  While the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field spectrograph (SAMI) survey has exceeded measurements of 1,000 galaxies, surveys such … Continue reading

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How Does An Astronomer Become A Data Scientist?

I have been asked this question by several junior colleagues, so I thought my answer might be valuable to a broader audience. In particular, these young scientists were keen to learn how their skills might be transferable to another field. … Continue reading

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SciCoder Presents: Developing Larger Software Projects

I am here at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Kissimmee, Florida. In the past few years, these semi-annual meetings have offered professional development classes, and many of these are in the area of software engineering … Continue reading

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The 2015 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop – Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observations

Every Summer, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) hosts the Sagan Workshop, which sets out to advance scientific and technical understanding of the objectives of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, and is aimed primarily at early career scientists. This year, the topic … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Cluster, Grid and Cloud Computing?

After my last post on introductory videos on cloud computing, I was asked if there were videos that explained the difference between Cluster, Grid and Cloud Computing. Here is a very good one by Prof. Ajit Pal, Department of Computer Science … Continue reading

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