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Biweekly links for 04/03/2009

by Michael Nielsen on April 3, 2009
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce
    • “Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. It utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).”
  • Data produced, analyzed and consumed. The impact of big science : business|bytes|genes|molecules
    • “The fact remains that today we are moving towards a clear separation between data producers, data consumers and methods developers. There was a time that a small group of people could cover all that ground, but with the industrialization of data production (microarrays are already there, mass specs and sequencers not quite yet), traditional roles, even in an academic setting are not efficient. “
  • Adding Noughts in Vain
    • Andrew Doherty’s wonderful blog about politics, climate, New Zealand, and whatever else strikes his fancy.
  • Mathemata: the blog of Francois Dorais
  • Noam Chomsky on Post-Modernism
    • “There are lots of things I don’t understand — say, the latest debates over whether neutrinos have mass or the way that Fermat’s last theorem was … proven … But from 50 years in this game, I have learned two things: (1) I can ask friends who work in these areas to explain it to me at a level that I can understand, and they can do so…; (2) if I’m interested, I can proceed to learn more so that I will come to understand it. Now Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, Kristeva, etc. — even Foucault, whom I knew and liked, and who was somewhat different from the rest — write things that I also don’t understand, but (1) and (2) don’t hold: no one who says they do understand can explain it to me and I haven’t a clue as to how to proceed to overcome my failures. That leaves one of two possibilities: (a) some new advance in intellectual life has been made… which has created a form of “theory” that is beyond quantum theory, topology, etc., in depth and profundity; or (b) … I won’t spell it out.
  • Caveat Lector » Blog preservation
    • “I suggest mildly that this [blog preservation] would be a fantastic problem to tackle for an academic library looking to make a name for itself. If you can’t make the argument for a general blog-preservation program (and that’s hard, because libraries are so inward-looking at times of crisis), dig up the ten or fifteen best blogs published by people at your institution and make an argument about those. Then release the code you write to the rest of us who want to do this!”
  • Preservation for scholarly blogs – Gavin Baker
    • How will we preserve scholarly blogs for the future?
  • A Blog Around The Clock : Defining the Journalism vs. Blogging Debate, with a Science Reporting angle
    • Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
  • Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright (Eben Moglen)
  • Western internet censorship: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? – Wikileaks

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One Comment
  1. The link to the BBGM (business|bytes|genes|molecules) website was wonderful. Michael, thank you very much.

    The BBGM site has not yet explicitly switched its emphasis from the 20th century view “team-building in service of math and science” to the 21st century view “science and math in service of team-building.”

    But that this math-and-science phase transition is underway … has in fact become the de facto norm in biomedical science … sure seems evident from the material on the BBGM site itself, AFAICT.

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