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.

09
Sep
2014

UPDATE: Array of Things has been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt People's Design Award! Vote here until October 6th.



Many people now wear wristbands or other devices to track their activity, giving them access to rich data about their daily routine that can help guide them towards healthier decisions and behaviors. The ambitious Array of Things project, led by the Urban Center for Computation and Data, seeks to create a similar bounty of data to better understand the environment, infrastructure, and activity of cities, creating a new public instrument for research, education, and applications that improve the lives of city residents.

08
Sep
2014

England and the United States have been described as “two countries separated by a common language.” The same observation could be made about science, though in the case of scientific disciplines, the number of countries ranges into the hundreds or thousands. Though English is the primary language used for the communication of scientific and scholarly research, fields have developed highly specific jargon that, in some cases, isolates their work from use by other fields or the general public.

05
Sep
2014

In June, it was just rows and rows of data: property assessments, school records, smart meter readings, contract bids, and census results. By the end of August, this raw material was transformed into tools for detecting international corruption and political earmarks, predicting buildings that pose lead hazards and students at risk of dropping out, and suggesting strategies to fight maternal mortality, unemployment, and homelessness.

25
Aug
2014

Another year of the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship is in the books, and like last year, the program culminated in a packed event where each project team presented the results of their work with non-profit and government partners.

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.

11
Aug
2014

With its svelte oval shape, customizable acrylic shell, and interactive LED lighting, the Looplamp looks like a product you would find in a high-end furniture catalog. But this summer, the shoebox-sized “smart” devices are helping Chicago high school students get hands-on experience with digital fabrication, programming, and -- most importantly -- how they can interact with data to learn more about their community and improve it in surprising and innovative ways.

06
Aug
2014

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a world leader in collecting, storing, and working with data on meteorology, geosciences, and climate science. Because of the large amounts of data produced by field observations and complex computer models of the Earth's atmosphere, NCAR has also historically been a major force in high-performance computing, establishing what is now called the Computational and Information Systems Lab in 1964.

30
Jul
2014

As the Data Science for Social Good fellowship begins its third and final month, it is beginning to attract the attention of local media. In mid-July, WBEZ reporter Chris Hagan stopped by DSSG headquarters at State and Jackson and spoke with fellows and mentors working on projects with Chicago Public Schools, Enroll America, the City of Memphis, and more.