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Big data, big risks?

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Big data is hot news. The opportunities for analysing huge amounts of unstructured data are highly valued in industry and science, yet there is also concern about data protection. ETH information technology professor Donald Kossmann researches and teaches in the field of big data and is convinced that the benefits will outweigh the risks, conveying his views in this interview originally published on the ETH website in June:

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According to an article published on CIO East Africa, the rising star and biggest buzz word around the technology community today is ‘big data’, touted by many to be the next untapped ‘natural resource’. But data, like any other commodity, only has real value when it’s refined: in this case combined with enhanced analytics to provide insights that help identify opportunities or develop solutions.

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iMENTORS has started to map in a virtual observatory the levels of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects, etc. that are currently available for researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
iMENTORS, an FP-7 funded project launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u, is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is going live on 15 July.


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Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: Friday, July 5, 2013
 
Experts from 11 countries and representatives of the European Commission & ESFRI will present the policy perspectives of EU Research Infrastructures, as well as the main challenges in developing National Roadmaps. More than 180 people have already registered. Watch it online: http://live.fccn.pt/fct-infraestruturas-2020/#

You will see live emission of the workshop sessions, clear PPT presentations commented live by the speakers and a chat tool where you can submit your questions to session speakers.
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Science Grid this Week (SGTW) was founded way back in April 2005, at Fermilab, with the goal of working to inform the grid community and interested public about the people and projects involved in US grid computing and the science that relies on it. Just over a year and a half later, in November 2006, the publication went international, becoming iSGTW. The publication has also since broadened its coverage to include cloud computing, HPC, big data, and volunteer computing.

 

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Meaning over money

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What makes scientists tick? Diana Beech, a self-described “researcher researching research”, tells Catie Lichten on an article published on Research Europe about her project on uncovering “core values” and their influence on science funding.

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According to an article published on Science World Report, the open access movement is forcing publishers to take down paywalls, making publicly funded research available to the public for free. But beyond that a more important development is pacing in the wings – that of open data.

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 Valletta, Malta, 22-26 September 2013

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Accoridng to an article published on iSGTW,Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s next funding cycle, is set to launch in January, 2014. That’s just over six months away.

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According to an article published on New York Times, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW calls data science “the sexiest job in the 21st century,” and by most accounts this hot new field promises to revolutionize industries from business to government, health care to academia.

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IST Africa Stakeholder workshop: we have carried out a successful stakeholder’s workshop following iMENTORS panel at the IST Africa conference, where the audience provided invaluable feedback on the functionalities that were available on the platform, and made several recommendations leading us to develop and introduce several new additions in terms of functionalities in the Beta version.
Objectives
•    Inform about the iMENTORS project (Nairobi and Dar es Salaam).
•    Learn from others re. eInfrastructures and related project issues (Nairobi).
•    Get stakeholder views (Dar es Salaam (primarily) and Nairobi).

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PRACE Annual Report 2012

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The PRACE Annual Report 2012 is now available for download and online reading

http://www.prace-ri.eu/PRACE-Annual-Report

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What level of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects etc.are currently available for researchers  in Sub-Saharan Africa?  One European FP-7 funded project is starting to map this knowledge in a virtual observatory.

e-ScienceTalk, is delighted to have just signed an Memorandum of Understanding with iMENTORS. Check out iMENTORS Facebook page here and Twitter stream (@i-mentors). 

iMENTORS's first step is to gather valuable stakeholder feedback to define the most appropriate criteria in evaluating e-infrastructure projects. So please do help them by filling in the survey (http://bit.ly/YF5GBV).

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A high-level expert group on e-infrastructures was created by the iMENTORS EU co-funded project as part of complementary quality assurance to give support in enhancing the coherence and effectiveness of international actors involved in e-infrastructures development projects and initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Chair: Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU

  • Björn Pehrson, KTH, Sweden
  • Meoli Kashorda, KENET, Kenya
  • Aida Opoku-Mensah, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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The panel will consist of an open discussion on the needs and benefits of enhancing the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica, and will be followed by a live demonstration of the iMENTORS platform as a tool to optimise the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica.

Click here to see the Agenda

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According to an article published on Research Fortnight, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in the process of hiring a deputy chief scientific adviser and two additional staff to support the work of its recently appointed chief scientific adviser, Robin Grimes.

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According to an article published on allAfrica.com, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MINCT) officially presented Friday in Luanda the Portal of Science, Technology and Innovation of Angola.
 
The initiative serves to bring together researchers, scientists, teachers and students in a unique knowledge platform that foresees to work within six months.
 

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net , scientists in developing countries should increase the quality of their research by publishing more good papers, not fewer, says Rafael Loyola.

Scientists in the developing world are under growing pressure to publish more every year. Some would argue that these quantitative metrics are promoting a scientific distortion, in which quantity prevails over quality — that is, publishing papers in journals with high impact factors.

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1024x400-5.pngThe aim of the present questionnaire is to gather valuable stakeholder feedback to define the most appropriate criteria in evaluating e-infrastructure projects. By filling out this survey, you will help us build a critical component of our decision-support system. Click here to fill in the questionnaire

 

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This edition of the iMENTORS newsletter gives you more in-depth insights into current issues in the world of e-infrastructure, research infrastructure, national /regional research and education networks, ICT and data.

Read it online!

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