http://galaxy.psu.edu is the open, web-based venture developed by Penn State and Emory University. It’s compatible with the Python (open source) programming language. Multiple tutorials are available for getting started manipulating large data sets. Registration is free (also).
Source: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, October 15, 2012, p. 62. http://www.genengnews.com
However, [Tim] "Berners-Lee and [Nigel] Shadbolt are hopeful that earlier statements and commitments by members of the new government to open government data indicate that support for open-linked data initiatives will continue, despite the cuts. They believe that the http://data.gov.uk website, a similar initiative to the U.S. government’s www.data.gov portal, will continue to grow over the coming months. The U.S. service now has more than 270,000 data sets available for developers. The U.K. version is somewhat smaller with a little more than 3,000 data sets."
Source: Jim Ashling. Information Today. Medford: Jul/Aug 2010. Vol. 27, Iss. 7; pg. 20, 2 pgs
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