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15
Sep
2014

For all of its technological advances, science remains distinctly old-fashioned in how it assigns credit. For centuries, the order of authors on a publication has conferred some degree of precedence -- though the structure varies from field to field -- and the importance of a paper is still typically measured by the number of times it is cited by others.

20
Aug
2014

Cloud computing has changed the way we work, the way we communicate online, even the way we relax at night with a movie. But even as “the cloud” starts to cross over into popular parlance, the full potential of the technology to directly impact science, medicine, transportation, and other industries has yet to be realized. To help investigate and develop this promising cloud computing future, the National Science Foundation today awarded $10 million to a group of institutions led by the Computation Institute for the development of Chameleon, a new experimental testbed for cloud architecture and applications.

15
Aug
2014

In May, dozens of researchers, IT experts, librarians, and entrepreneurs gathered at the University of Chicago for a two-day discussion about the future of research information technology -- new tools to push forward the practice and field of science. Co-presented by the Computation Institute and Digital Science, the Information, Interaction, and Influence meeting featured panels on science start-ups, the experience of postdoctoral researchers, smarter profile/networking platforms, computational research, and much more.

Research

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The Discovery Cloud is CI Director Ian Foster's vision to deliver powerful computational tools and methods to every professional and amateur scientist around the world, fundamentally transforming the ecosystem of science. Globus is the first step towards realizing this vision.

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Nimbus is an open-source toolkit focused on providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities to the scientific community. Nimbus enables providers of resources to build private or community IaaS clouds, users to use IaaS clouds and developers to extend, experiment and customize IaaS. Combining those tools and capabilities in different ways allows users to rapidly develop custom community-specific solutions.

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Globus Online is software-as-a-service for research data management. It enables researchers to easily and securely move big data and share it with collaborators around the world. As a cloud-hosted service, Globus Online makes it easy for resource owners and system administrators to deliver advanced data management services to their users.

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