DSpace at Princeton University is open for business!

DataSpace can now be used to store papers and data.  From the homepage:

"DataSpace is a digital repository meant for both archiving and publicly disseminating digital data which are the result of research, academic, or administrative work performed by members of the Princeton University community. DataSpace will promote awareness of the data and address concerns for ensuring the long-term availability of data in the repository."

There are papers from 2 groups or communities available so far: 

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

There is a useful "About" page, and the "Help" page gives you the mechanics of running searches using the Jakarta Lucerne search engine, which bears lots of similarities to Google.

Contact:  Mark Ratliff, Digital Repository Architect, Phone: (609) 258-0228.

Complete genomes of 10 individuals to be put on Web

 From FierceBiotech IT [editors@fiercebiotechit.com]


"Tech glitterati strut DNA online

By George Miller Comment | Forward

Ten DNA-sequenced volunteers are posting this most private information online, unprotected. You’ll recognize some of them by reputation, if not their DNA: pioneering technologist Esther Dyson, and high-ranking individuals from the tech/biotech industries and academia.

They are baring all, so to speak, mainly to see what happens. George Church, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, is behind the exposure. He, Dyson and eight others will post not just their DNA, but also medical records and descriptions of their physical traits, says Forbes.

It’s an effort called the Personal Genome Project, in which the volunteers will relate the experience of having such personal information publicly available. Researchers want to determine the risks of DNA exposure, and learn how to develop software capable of managing human-scale DNA data volumes.

The ten volunteers are just the beginning. Researchers are in the process of recruiting the first 10,000 volunteers, on their way to 100,000 from the general public.

– read the Forbes article
– check out the project Internet site
– here are one volunteer’s annotation results
– see the intro video "

e-Science — a Research Guide from the Library of Congress

Science Reference Services of the Science, Technology & Business Division of the Library of Congress, has created this research guide E-SCIENCE dated January, 2009.  There are many useful research guides at their website;  they list key books, journals, databases, technical reports, dissertations, etc.   The series is called "Science Tracer Bullets Online"

The definition of "e-science" from the introduction to the guide:

"The term e-Science refers to large scale science that is carried out through distributed global collaborations enabled by the Internet. Typically, such collaborative scientific enterprises require access to very large data sets, very large scale computing resources, and high performance visualization. e-Science is a digital infrastructure that allows scientists to conduct research in new ways. Common terminology related to e-Science include cyberinfrastructure, grids, grid computing, distributed networks, and high performance computing."