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'Big Data' resource raises possibility of research revolution

A group of UK scientists involving researchers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated how aggregating image data from laboratories all around the world has the potential to revolutionise scientific research.

The Image Data Resource (IDR) is a collaboration between scientists in the Open Microscopy Environment (OME), based at Dundee, and groups at Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The collaboration brings together biologists, imaging specialists, big data scientists and computer scientists.

Read more at Phys.org.

Feature Article


Mobile Taobao Uses AI, Big Data to Boost Engagement

Mobile Taobao is not just about consumption, it’s also about community and content, according to the app’s manager, Jiang Fan.

Addressing Alibaba investors in Hangzhou last week, Fan said the Alibaba mobile shopping application is “the world’s largest destination for everyday shopping, entertainment, lifestyle and community.” And it’s all driven by big data and artificial intelligence.

Read more at Alizilla.

Technology Spotlight


GE Unveils Big Data Tools for Industry Amid Software Shift

General Electric Co. is unveiling software for boosting its machines’ productivity and streamlining repairs, alongside deals with Danish shipping line Maersk Corp. and French energy producer Dalkia SA.

GE announced new software for power plants, drilling platforms and wind farms at an event in Berlin Tuesday. The showcase for GE’s IT know-how comes a day after the Boston industrial giant said longtime Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt would step down Aug. 1 in favor of health-care chief John Flannery, after a transition to "a high-tech industrial company" that’s increasingly selling software in addition to heavy gear.

Read more at Bloomberg.