23
Apr
2014

The importance of moving data can’t be underestimated. In a time of increasingly far-flung scientific collaborations, advanced instruments, and rapidly ballooning datasets, getting data from point A to point B can be the primary brake on the speed of discovery. But once the data reaches its destination, there’s still much to be done, and many tasks that can be accelerated using cloud-based cyberinfrastructure: sharing data securely, analyzing it, even publishing datasets for other scientists to use and build upon.

16
Apr
2014

The explosion of data across disciplines has opened up vast new possibilities for scientific discovery. But many researchers do not yet have access to the advanced infrastructure needed to work with Big Data and realize its full potential. With new support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Globus can expand its mission to bring the advanced data management infrastructure used by massive science collaborations to small laboratories and individual researchers around the world. The foundation’s $500,000 grant will help Globus, part of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, evolve from a free service to a sustainable non-profit model serving hundreds of thousands of resource providers, scientists, educators, and students.

10
Apr
2014

Through civic hacking events and open data portals, the Obama administration has embraced the potential of data and programming to improve the performance of government for its citizens. As academia and industry increasingly moves toward using computational techniques to inform policy decisions, these more ambitious efforts have also attracted the attention of the White House. On April 4th, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) convened a panel called “Analytical Techniques to Improve Public Policy Decision-Making” at their regular meeting, inviting CI Senior Fellow Charlie Catlett and three other experts to report on the promise of this young research area.