Author Archives: Claire

Data scientists discuss their work – and the “big data talent shortage”

  Due to the growth in the amount and complexity of data, data scientists have much to consider about how to benefit from and manage this data. About thirty scientists who study data for business or academia came together in … Continue reading

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Got An Emergency? Major US phone carriers will provide 911 texting services.

By May 15th, 2014, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all agreed to support a nationwide “text-to-911” service for its consumers. Currently, texting this emergency number is not a viable option, only phone calls are accepted.  In 2010, a … Continue reading

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Will Facebook Eventually Replace Texting?

Many of us use Facebook to communicate with our friends, but is the social networking site making a move to play an even larger role in online communication? Recently, Facebook has created a new app for messaging that does not … Continue reading

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Response to Meredith Kahn’s Discussion

  After listening to Meredith Kahn’s talk about library resources and organization, I felt like I understood the role of the library much better, as well as some issues involving scholarly publication. I never really thought about the library as … Continue reading

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Response to the Big Data Symposium

  I definitely enjoyed Ian Foster’s talk about approaching big data because I felt like most of the concepts he discussed were relevant to our class.  It was good not only to gain another perspective on how big data will … Continue reading

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What are the best approaches to dealing with natural disasters?

Despite our diverse efforts to minimize the destruction of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, the damages are still extremely expensive. Hurricane Katrina and the recent tsunami in Japan each caused more than $100 billion in damages, and scientists predict … Continue reading

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‘Middleware’ in the Recycling Process

The practice of recycling materials within a system in order to conserve resources is not governed by one group, but maintained by a diverse, worldwide network. Recycling is becoming more and more important because it saves energy, keeps the environment … Continue reading

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Blog Post #1 – Claire Wiggins

“The research enterprise of a leading academic institution is a complex system of human, physical and digital infrastructures that functions to support the production of new knowledge and the advancement and training of research practitioners.” This statement reminds me of … Continue reading

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