Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
The article acknowledges the cultural barriers to using/sharing data and suggests policies are put in place to establish guidelines and principles, as well as training and mentoring to help develop the collaborative and information management skills required.
One of the case studies, Denton Wilde Sapte, cautions "People are so wrapped up in the technical whizz-bangs that they forget that IT is really all about information delivery".
"Organisations are recognising that some pieces of their information have more fundamental value than other parts, although that value might not be realisable today. For certain items of information its maximum value will only be achieved at some point in the future, so companies need to invest in good archiving, storage, search and retrieval systems today" Ian Charlesworth, Ovum, quoted in the article.
- info on and link to their Spatial Data Quality survey, which will inform the Spatial Data Quality Working Group's attempts to define a framework and grammar for the certification and communication of spatial data quality
- a slideshow demonstrating the use of OGC standards for earth observation.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
The Semantic Web Vision: Where Are We?
"The aim of this article is to present a snapshot that can capture key trends in the Semantic Web, such as application domains, tools, systems, languages and techniques being used, and a projection on when organizations will put their full-blown systems into production."
Also articles on Go-Geo and on open source.
Interesting way of sharing data - also they are launching a Private version presumably if you want to be careful who you share with. Some issues re quality tho - e.g. how could you be sure of provenance?
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Monday, 15 October 2007
Results and analysis of the Web 2.0 services survey undertaken by the SPIRE project
ManyEyes is particularly interesting
Also a really good link to an article listing really good visualisation tools, including search - I really like the Visual Thesaurus.
"Hard drives currently have a one terabyte limitA single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi..."
Related story in New Scientist http://technology.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn12755&feedId=online-news_rss20
Friday, 12 October 2007
Thanks to Bill St Arnauld for pointing to this on his blog:
At the Gartner Expo this week, the following were discussed as the top 10 technologies organisations can't afford to ignore...
- Green IT
- Unified communications (interesting for VRE programme)
- Business Process Management (to support SOA)
- Metadata management
- Virtualisation 2.0
- Mashups and composite applications
- Web platform and Web-Oriented Architecture
- Computing fabrics
- Real World Web
- Social software
Thursday, 11 October 2007
"Crowdsourcing is an internet-enabled upgrade of the original focus group concept, according to Dell vice president Bob Pearson". The article goes on to show how several big companies are using crowdsourcing to develop products including L'Oreal, Kimberly Clark, Dell.
Wikipedia entry on crowdsourcing
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Sunday, 7 October 2007
From their website:
"SEASR (Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research) is being developed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in cooperation with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
SEASR aims to:
- assist scholars in accessing and analyzing existing large information sources more readily and with greater refinement;
- give scholars increased portability of large information stores for on-demand computing; and
- empower collaboration among researchers by enhancing and innovating scholarly communities’ and their resources’ virtual research environments.
How will we do it? The SEASR development team will construct software bridges to move information from the unstructured and semi-structured data world to the structured data world by leveraging two well-known research and development frameworks: NCSA’s Data-To-Knowledge (D2K) and IBM’s Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA). SEASR will focus on developing, integrating, deploying, and sustaining a set of reusable and expandable software components and a supporting framework, benefiting a broad set of data-mining applications for scholars in the humanities.
SEASR’s technical goals include supporting:
- the development of a state-of-the-art software environment for unstructured data management and analysis of digital libraries, repositories and archives, as well as educational platforms; and
- the continued development, expansion, and maintenance of end-to-end software system: user interfaces, workflow engines, data management, analysis and visualization tools, collaborative tools, and other software integrated into a complete environment."
- Access to research : "Success stories, such as TREC for information retrieval research [Voorhees] or the Human Genome Project [HGP], have devoted substantial expertise to creating the necessary infrastructure and managing the datasets with a very clear understanding of how they fit the research practices in their fields."
- Access to research : "Cyberscholarship needs superdata centers, which combine the storage and organization of vast amounts of data with substantial computing power to analyze it. Building such centers requires investment and long-term commitment on the part of an organization or discipline. While equipment can be purchased, expertise takes longer to establish. Superdata centers and the researchers who use them will need several years before they become truly effective."
- Value-added services : "As our systems grow more sophisticated, we will see applications that support not just links between authors and papers but relationships between users, data and information repositories, and communities. What is required is a mechanism to support these relationships that leads to information exchange, adaptation and recombination – which, in itself, will constitute a new type of data repository."
- Also a reference to the need for summarisation on p 10 referencing humanities research in particular.
Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)
Friday, 5 October 2007
Richard has also given a summary of a talk from Andrew Herbert from Microsoft - interesting points include: how sensor networks will enable real-world data to be used in simulations; how to get the right balance of skills in the research workforce.
There's also some handy guides to some of the key themes of the conference, including eScience. The blog links to transcripts as well as the webcast, and to some videos (including two relevant to eScience, by Andrew Herbert and Walter Stewart).
"Brian Witcombe, a radiologist at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust received the Ig Nobel prize in medicine for his study of sword swallowing and its side effects."
Ig Nobel home page: http://improbable.com/ig/
Thursday, 4 October 2007
This week's Computing (4 Oct) mentions 5 information management technologies to watch out for in the next 3 years:
- consistency and interoperability via emerging standards: JSR, XQuery, JDBC, SDO
- UIMA: http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/research_projects.nsf/pages/uima.index.html
- automated email archiving and retrieval systems
- extended enterprise search facilities
- unified interface for information management
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
It mentions how librarians should accept that some services might be better done through technology or even by other organisations. Instead, they should focus on where they can really add value e.g. managing scientific data, curating digital information like blog posts. The post mentions a recent event organised jointly by University of Washington Libraries and Microsoft, Global Research Library 2020.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
OGF21 is later this month - worth seeing what comes out of the following workshops:
Web 2.0 - features presentations on research and commercial applications of Web 2.0 technology including HPC, Cyberinfrastructure, Semantic Research, Social Networking
Geospatial - a collaboration with the OGC, covering topics such as grid-enabling the OGC's Web Processing Service and a NSF proposal on Community-based Data Interoperability Networks
GridNet2 - highlighting the work of the UK eScience at the OGF and in related standards bodies
Monday, 1 October 2007
A Task Force to be co-chaired by Fran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California and a pioneer in data ‘cyberinfrastructure’, and Brian Lavoie, an economist and research scientist with OCLC, will receive support from the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration and the Council on Library and Information Resources, along with JISC.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access is expected to meet over the next two years to gather testimony from experts in preparation for the Task Force's Final Report. Though significant progress has been made to overcome the technical challenges of achieving persistent access to digital resources, the economic challenges remain."