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Robert GrossmanRobert Grossman
What is a Data Commons and Why Should You Care

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Building 8 Auditorium - 11:00 AM
(Note change in location)

(Coffee and cookies at 10:30 AM)

As datasets continue to grow in size, it is becoming harder for many researchers to access and analyze the data they need for their research. We describe how large scale clouds and commons of scientific data are beginning to play an important role in the research community. We survey some of the recent developments in the field and discuss some important technical challenges. In particular, we discuss some of the ways that data commons are beginning to interoperate. We also discuss some of the lessons learned over the past couple of years from the Open Science Data Cloud and Project Matsu.

Robert Grossman is the Chief Research Informatics Officer and a faculty member in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He is also the Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) and a Core Faculty and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. He is the Founder and a Partner of Open Data Group, which specializes in building predictive models over big data for companies, and is the Director of the not-for-profit Open Cloud Consortium, which provides cloud computing infrastructure to support the research community. He has led the development of open source software tools for analyzing big data, cloud computing and high performance networking. He is the Director of the Open Science Data Cloud, a petabyte-scale science cloud for managing, integrating, analyzing, and sharing large datasets in science, medicine, health care and the environment. More information about him can be found at his web site

IS&T Colloquium Committee Host: Dan Mandl

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