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Primeur weekly 2015-07-06

Special

Moving up to an Open Science Commons ...

HPC in the Baltic region ...

Data Access helps its customers get the most out of their HPC investments ...

The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research ...

Comstor to simply the IP management of clusters ...

Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks ...

Open Science perspective highlighted at e-IRG workshop in Riga ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch Design Center for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

Launch event of SuperMUC Phase 2 on June 29, 2015 ...

Bright welcomes PC Link Egypt to its Partner Network ...

Middleware

OpenMP Device Constructs ...

Bright Computing to release Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager at the ISC High Performance 2015 Conference ...

Agenda announced for PBS Works User Group Meeting ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems reaches 50th patent milestone ...

DDN outlines strategic vision driving rapid adoption of DDN high performance storage technology throughout the enterprise ...

Nallatech 510T FPGA accelerator disrupts the data centre ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency chooses SGI ICE X for new supercomputer system ...

ADVA Optical Networking unveils all-new Data Center Interconnect solution ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new NFV demarcation product family ...

T-Systems and ADVA Optical Networking showcase the future of Terabit networking in unique demonstration ...

DDN object storage usage grows to 200+ billion objects; now world's 2nd largest object platform behind Amazon ...

Applications

Blue Waters simulations suggest there are fewer faint galaxies than expected ...

Researcher discovers groundwater modelling breakthrough ...

Internet of Things Turning New York's Lake George Into “World’s Smartest Lake ...

Producing spin-entangled electrons ...

The quantum middle man ...

New method of quantum entanglement packs vastly more data in a photon ...

The Cloud

Computational scientist Peter Coveney keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research

6 Jul 2015 Riga - At the e-IRG Workshop, held on June 3, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfram Horstmann, Director of the State and University Library at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and member of the LIBER Executive Board, which is the European Association of Research Libraries. Wolfram Horstmann held a presentation at the e-IRG Workshop about the long tail of data. There are several aspects that Wolfram Horstmann usually wants to mention about the long tail when he is offered the chance to do so.

The first one is that long tail is not what it seems. It is sometimes thought that the long tail contains smaller and superspecific parts of research but looking at, for example, the distribution of funding, one can see that there are many more projects that receive a smaller amount of budget and very few projects that receive a large amount of funding. There are many more projects that produce smaller kinds of data than projects that actually produce Big Data. The majority of research is about the long tail of data.

The second important aspect about the long tail of research and, correspondingly the long tail of research data, is that once you have accepted the fact that we are talking about ten thousands of institutions worldwide, hundreds of thousands or millions of projects and definitely millions of researchers, rather than a few that produce a large amount of data, then the challenges' diversity, the diversity of the people, the diversity of the data types, the diversity of regions, countries and institutions and how to manage this diversity should not become an obstacle to what we all want, namely an open and excellent framework for performing research.

Rather than focusing on the big infrastructures and focusing on the big projects and Big Data, we actually should focus on the problem of how to overcome that diversity, how to build aggregated environments, aggregated information resources and environments in which researchers can collaborate and build the vision of a globally connected and an open science framework.

Standards and big infrastructures are important, according to Wolfram Horstmann. It is not a contradiction that standards and big infrastructures exist but the point that Wolfram Horstmann is trying to make is that standards and big infrastructures much more need to take into account the individual, the project's, and the institutional perspective because it is often driven by big projects, big data centres, and the institution or the individual university perspective is sometimes neglected.

With respect to the next phase of the e-Infrastructure development and Europe, what Wolfram Horstmann would like to see is a kind of alignment, closer collaboration and connection between the big infrastructure development and the actual institutional and individual research perspective. While we do excellent research in the area of the big infrastructures, the Big Data initiatives, the mainstream part of excellent research is actually in the long tail of research.

Ad Emmen

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-07-06

Special

Moving up to an Open Science Commons ...

HPC in the Baltic region ...

Data Access helps its customers get the most out of their HPC investments ...

The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research ...

Comstor to simply the IP management of clusters ...

Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks ...

Open Science perspective highlighted at e-IRG workshop in Riga ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch Design Center for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

Launch event of SuperMUC Phase 2 on June 29, 2015 ...

Bright welcomes PC Link Egypt to its Partner Network ...

Middleware

OpenMP Device Constructs ...

Bright Computing to release Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager at the ISC High Performance 2015 Conference ...

Agenda announced for PBS Works User Group Meeting ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems reaches 50th patent milestone ...

DDN outlines strategic vision driving rapid adoption of DDN high performance storage technology throughout the enterprise ...

Nallatech 510T FPGA accelerator disrupts the data centre ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency chooses SGI ICE X for new supercomputer system ...

ADVA Optical Networking unveils all-new Data Center Interconnect solution ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new NFV demarcation product family ...

T-Systems and ADVA Optical Networking showcase the future of Terabit networking in unique demonstration ...

DDN object storage usage grows to 200+ billion objects; now world's 2nd largest object platform behind Amazon ...

Applications

Blue Waters simulations suggest there are fewer faint galaxies than expected ...

Researcher discovers groundwater modelling breakthrough ...

Internet of Things Turning New York's Lake George Into “World’s Smartest Lake ...

Producing spin-entangled electrons ...

The quantum middle man ...

New method of quantum entanglement packs vastly more data in a photon ...

The Cloud

Computational scientist Peter Coveney keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data ...