Google offering online storage for scientific data via Palimpsest

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Google to offer online storage for scientists via Palimpsest - 23 Jan 2008

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, is reportedly set to offer an online storage facility to scientists. It is expected that the domain will provide a home for terabytes of open source scientific datasets. Called Palimpsest, the initiative was first revealed at the Science Foo camp in August 2007, jointly organised by Google and publishing firm O’Reilly.

The new service will reportedly have annotating and commenting features along the line of YouTube. It is projected to fill a major need for scientists who want to openly share their data and allow citizen scientists access to an unprecedented amount of data to explore.

The tool, developed in Sweden, was acquired by Google in March 2007 for an undisclosed sum. Building on its purchase of data visualisation technology Trendalyzer, Google will also offer algorithms for the probing and examination of data stored in the facility. Trendalyzer presents data in an easily accessible, graphic format, which makes it easier for organisations to show data in a consistent and user-friendly manner. Source: “Knowledgespeak Newsletter” Jan. 23, 2008

“Google Research” home is here:

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. The project, known as Palimpsest and first previewed to the scientific community at the Science Foo camp at the Googleplex last August, missed its original launch date this week, but will debut soon.

To read more of the Wired article, dated Jan. 18th:

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