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Weather Matters: Enabling Precise, Real-time Forecasts

June 11, 2015 3:47 pm | by Ken Strandberg | Comments

Much of the world’s industries are affected by weather. UBIMET is one of the world’s leading private weather service providers. The company offers a range of precise, real-time micro-climate forecasting and alerts, historical weather data, and other services to several million customers around the globe. UBIMET’s competitive advantage lies in the complex character of their solutions and depth of their science and technology.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

Review and Critique of the MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry — Part 4: System Design, Definitions and Overall Assessment

May 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the final part of a series reviewing and critiquing recent MHRA guidance for industry on data integrity. The first part of the series provided a background to the guidance document and discussed the introduction. The second part reviewed the data governance system, and the third part discussed data criticality and lifecycle. This part reviews the system design, some of the definitions, and finishes with an overall assessment.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

Review and Critique of the MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry — Part 3: Data Criticality and Data Life Cycle

May 29, 2015 12:21 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the third of a four-part series reviewing and critiquing the recent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidance for industry document on data integrity. The first part of the series provided a background to the guidance document and discussed the introduction to the document. The second part reviewed and discussed the data governance system. In this part, we will look at data criticality and the data life cycle.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

Review and Critique of the MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry — Part 2: Data Governance System

May 29, 2015 11:27 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the second of a four-part series reviewing and critiquing the recent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance for industry document on data integrity. The first part of the series provided a background to the guidance document and discussed the introduction to the document. In this part, we will look at the MHRA requirement for a data governance system.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

Review and Critique of the MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry — Part 1: Overview

May 29, 2015 10:41 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Comments

This new series of four articles takes a look at the new UK’s Medicines and Heathcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance for industry on data integrity. Topics in this introductory article include global data integrity problems, the MHRA approach to data integrity, a MHRA data integrity guidance overview, and an introduction to the MHRA guidance.

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Siri Segalstad is Principal, Segalstad Consulting AS and the author of International IT Regulations and Compliance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Cost of LIMS: True Pricing includes more than Purchase, Implementation and Annual Licensing

May 18, 2015 3:02 pm | by Siri H. Segalstad | Comments

The real benefit of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is difficult to calculate. Let’s take a look at some key considerations, starting with the question of whether to build the LIMS yourself or buy a commercial LIMS… Advocates for building a new LIMS themselves usually state that their lab is so unique, they cannot use a commercial LIMS. However, very few labs are truly unique ...

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Scientific Computing periodically feature special informatics focus articles that attempt to help you with such complex tasks as selecting a laboratory information management system (LIMS) or interfacing systems together. Unfortunately, there is only a li

Computerized Systems in the Modern Laboratory: A Practical Guide

May 13, 2015 8:29 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Scientific Computing periodically features special informatics focus articles that attempt to help you with such complex tasks as selecting a laboratory information management system or interfacing systems together. Unfortunately, there is only a limited amount of information that one can cram into one of these articles. Where we are limited to just a few pages for each of our attempts, Joe Liscouski has written a whole book on the subject

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NASA Infrared Telescope Facility above the clouds on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Scientists at Work: Most Days in the Life of an Astronomer aren’t spent at Telescopes

May 11, 2015 10:38 am | by Nicole Estefania Cabrera Salazar, Georgia State University | Comments

On a telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, it’s not easy to put in a full night of work. At 14,000 feet, you’re operating at only 60 percent of the oxygen available at sea level, which makes concentrating difficult. Top that off with a shift that begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 6:30 am, and it becomes hard to imagine astronomers working like that year-round. Luckily, most of us don’t have to.

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Designing and Managing the LIMS at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park's Animal Facility

May 7, 2015 8:18 am | by Helen Kelly | Comments

Today's LIMS allow research institutions to monitor and manage a broad array of biomedical research processes end-to-end and remotely. But how do they accommodate the ongoing flood of discoveries in areas such as genetics, the -omics, regenerative medicine and behavior, ongoing adjustments to workflows and protocols, tens of thousands of animals, and the evolution of legislative, welfare quality, and ethics directives?

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Grow Your Own LIMS Code

May 5, 2015 9:05 am | by Helen Kelly | Comments

These days, using a LIMS seems to feature in every scientist's life, and for some small and medium-size labs, open source code is the way forward with a LIMS. In fact, businesses have grown up around helping labs implement open source LIMS and learn to make modifications in house. A bridge too far for a nonprofessional? Not according to Greg Wilson, who believes that most scientists can easily learn enough to slip into coding...

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Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing, as well as serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extrem

A Quantum Leap in Computing, Maybe

April 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by Thomas Sterling, Indiana University | Comments

Quantum Computing has been a concept since the 1980s that has remained outside the domain of real-world HPC. Through the era of Moore’s Law and exponential progress in feature size, clock rates and resulting performance, the need for alternative paradigms and technologies has attracted little interest. But there has remained a curiosity among a limited community that has driven slow but persistent advances in associated ideas.

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Trish Meek is Director of Product Strategy at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The Case for User-Friendly Informatics in the Pharmaceutical QA/QC Lab

April 20, 2015 9:32 am | by Trish Meek, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

All the computing power in the world isn’t useful if the software designed to access it is poorly designed. And we’re all much more discerning about user interfaces and usability: we expect our laboratory software to behave as intuitively as our smartphones. After all, laboratory employees are unlikely to be preoccupied with lines of codes and processors — they’re focused more on how easy the software is to use.

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Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

Opening Up Performance with OpenSpeedShop an Open Source Profiler

April 17, 2015 12:12 pm | by Rob Farber | Comments

There are a number of excellent commercial performance analysis tools on the market. Their big drawback is that they cost money. As a result, acquisition of commercial performance analysis software falls through the cracks, as most funding agencies discourage or prohibit the use of grant money for infrastructure improvements, and few grant authors are willing to take money away from research. Open-source tools are able to fill this gap.

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The book assumes no formal statistical training on the part of the reader so the language is everyday plain. It seeks to clarify basic concepts and NOT teach the intricacies of the mathematics. Still, the book has much to recommend it.

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

April 8, 2015 3:05 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

This delightful and informative guide from my friends at No Starch Press comes with the following cover blurb: “Statistics Done Wrong is a pithy, essential guide to statistical blunders in modern Science that will show you how to keep your research blunder-free.” It is somewhat pithy, but as to blunder free, I will quote the old maxim that “nothing is foolproof, as fools are so very clever.” Still, the book has much to recommend it.

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“The things I do for my housemates' downloading habit…” Maths by Sergey Nivens

How a Long-dead Mathematician called Maxwell can Speed up your Internet

March 30, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jason Cole, Imperial College London | Comments

Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of various kinds underpin our senses and how we interact with the world – from the light emissions through which your eyes perceive these words, to the microwaves that carry the Wi-Fi signal to your laptop or phone on which you’re reading it.

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