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RENCI & UNC-CH work to develop biomedical data "translator"


A new project led by researchers at RENCI and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill aims to develop a biomedical data "translator" that will integrate, synthesize, and interpret multiple sources of clinical and biomedical data.

This data translation system will be designed to provide clinicians and researchers with actionable information to guide clinical care, inform clinical and translational research, stimulate drug discovery and repurposing, and motivate public health decisions. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Read the full article here

iRODS Consortium welcomes Intel, MSC as newest members


Intel Corporation and Medical Science and Computing, LLC (MSC) are the two newest members of the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Intel plans to improve integration between iRODS and Lustre open source parallel distributed file system. To learn more, click here.

MSC will incorporate iRODS into the innovative technical solutions it offers to the federal health and life sciences research community. Read more here. The iRODS Consortium is administered by founding member RENCI.  

Big Data Innovation Hubs selected for NTIS joint venture partnership


The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. The partnership will provide opportunities for collaborations between the Big Data Hubs and NTIS to deliver groundbreaking data projects across federal agencies. RENCI and Georgia Tech lead the South Big Data Hub.

Through the partnership,  the Big Data Hubs will contribute to advancing federal big data priorities by connecting federal agencies with data science experts to solve challenges in delivering critical public services. Read the full article here

RENCI teams with Duke to create dynamic superfacilities the SAFE way


RENCI was awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation's Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program to lead a research project to securely automate and monitor the creation of virtual "superfacilities" that link scientists to multiple resources to increase their productivity. The award will provide three years of funding to RENCI's Network Research and Infrastructure group and to partners in the Duke University computer science department and Duke's Office of Information Technology. Read more about the project here.

NCDS issues CFP for Data Fellows program; proposals due in April


The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to advance data science, seeks participants for its 2017-2018 Data Fellows Program.

The Data Fellows program provides funding to faculty members from NCDS member institutions to support research on novel and innovative data science and data-focused business problems. This year, the NCDS will award two fellowships of up to $30,000 each. Read more about the Data Fellows program and the full Call for Proposals here

New report recommends actions to position NC as data economy leader


The National Consortium for Data Science, a group led by RENCI, co-authored a report on the state of the data economy in North Carolina that includes recommendations for making the state a leader in data-related business and education. Developed in collaboration with the NC Board of Science, Technology, & Innovation, the report highlights the state's data assets and says these assets must be nurtured through a focus on data education and literacy, support for data-focused startups, and a coordinated effort to present the state as a data leader.  Read the full report here

New data center model will enable turning raw data into real solutions


21st century scientists need a new data center model to be able to easily access high performance/ throughout computing and work with collaborators in other fields in order to address complicated multidisciplinary problems. 

RENCI researchers describe a plan to deploy a third generation of data centers called Data Center 3.0. Key features include distributed and interconnected data center node, metadata best practices, and robust analytical tools. To learn more about the Data Center 3.0 concept, read the RENCI Data Center 3.0 white paper. 

Research, Computing, & Engineering podcast features iRODS leadership


iRODS Consortium Executive Director Jason Coposky and Chief Technologist Terrell Russell provided an overview of iRODS on the Research, Computing & Engineering podcast earlier this year.

iRODS is an open source data management software used by research organizations, businesses, and government agencies around the world. iRODS works by virtualizing data storage resources so that users can access and control their data regardless of the location of the data's storage. To listen to the podcast, click here. To learn more about iRODS, consider attending their ninth annual User Group Meeting this June at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. 

RENCI and CRC honored with 2016 HPCwire Editors' Choice Award


RENCI and the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) were recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16) in Salt Lake City, Utah late last year. The RENCI/CRC collaboration won Editor's Choice: Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics, based on their innovative use of ADCIRC, software used to model storm surge from tropical storms. To read more about the partnership and its work, click here.
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