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Two new developments announced at the beginning of 2008 on which to keep an eye

First, on January 18th, an announcement was made on that Google will be hosting terabytes of science data.
Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, , will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.

Data Visualisation Websites and Sharing Data

Jim sent me a message earlier today about a new data visualisation website that he had discovered: StatCrunch. When I took a look at this site, I encountered an appeal for people to upload and share their data, which struck a familiar chord. It seems that all of these web-based visualisation tools make a similar appeal. This certainly is true of Swivel, Data360 and Many Eyes. more...

An Opening for Open Data

The conference theme for IASSIST 2007, Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, is very timely given new interest in defining and describing the open data concept.

Metadata Musings from IASSIST 2006

A metadata novice ponders questions raised at this years conference

Research Spin-offs from Commercial Data Mining

Edmonton Journal technology columnist Steve Makris wrote about recent developments in data mining that could have potential implications for providing access to confidential social survey data (see "Hot Data," Edmonton Journal, Business, G1, May 17, 2006.) Makris mentioned some major companies raiding each other's data mining experts, such as Google hiring Kai-Fu Lee away from Microsoft only to see Microsoft swoop up Rakesh Agrawal from IBM.

The Practice of User Registration to Access Data

The practice of requiring users to register prior to receiving permission to access data files is increasing among distributors of data. In a message posted on the IASSIST discussion list on September 8, 2005, Libbie Stephenson mentioned various forms of registration employed by data distributors. She has heard it argued that such practices have become barriers to data access and are increasing the cost of research. She asked the IASSIST community if anyone has evidence of registration practices actually increasing the cost of research, whether such costs are related to time, staff, hardware, software or some other aspect of research.

Ernie Boyko Begins First Term as Incoming President

Ernie Boyko began his first term as the incoming President of IASSIST in Edinburgh. A little less than a year since his retirement with Statistics Canada, Ernie Boyko took the reigns of IASSIST as their new President.  Having retired at the end of June 2004, Ernie has kept himself busy in the world of data as a VP with Nesstar Americas Inc. He has also remained active as an external adviser with the Data Liberation Initiative's (DLI) External Advisory Committee and as an instructor in the DLI training programme. Ernie's experiences as a data producer with a national statistical agency, a manager of Census operations and the director of Statistics Canada's Library and Information Centre provide him with a rich background in data services and first-hand knowledge of the major issues facing our profession. Ernie's first IASSIST conference was in Jerusalem in 1989 and since then, he has been active in the organization. Most recently, he was finishing a term as a member of the Administrative Committee for Canada when he was elected President.

Ernie is a "strategic thinker" and we look forward to the plans he has for the organization over the next two years. Good luck, Ernie. We're right behind you.

Ann Green Completes Her Presidency Still Smiling

With the completion of the Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh, Ann Green finished her second term as President of IASSIST.

Welcome to the IASSIST Communiqué


The IASSIST Communiqué is a place for discussions and news about all aspects of research data and the professionals responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to such data. As such, this site welcomes comments on issues that promote preservation and access to data as well as material about best practices in data archiving and data services. While the content of this site does not necessarily represent official positions of IASSIST, we hope that the ideas in these discussions will provoke further debate and will eventually lead to positive outcomes.


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