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According to an article published on datanami, at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’13) this week, convergence is in the air as many discussions are including talk about the merging of traditional high performance technical computing with the rising data tides of the enterprise. Putting data and use cases on display, the analysts at IDC gave their view of this convergence space – and shared their own name for it: High Performance Data Analysis (or HPDA).

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Accoridng to an article published on Research Africa, the EU has formally approved rules on open data, which will allow the re-use of public sector information including research results.

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According to an article published on Datanami, we’re in the era of big data – but what do we mean by that? In our view, big data is a relative, not absolute, term. It means that the organization’s need to handle, store and analyze data (its volume, variety, velocity, variability and complexity) exceeds its current capacity and has moved beyond the IT comfort zone.[1] big data is the classic dual-edged sword – both potential asset and possible curse. Most agree that there is significant, meaningful, proprietary value in that data. But few organizations relish the costs and challenges of simply collecting, storing and transferring that massive amount of data. And even fewer know how to tap into that value, to turn the data into information.

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African Business Monitor 2013

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According to an article published on The African Business Review, total external financial flows to Africa reached a new record high in 2012, totalling USD 182 billion, driven by FDI and remittances. there have been two major trends: Remittances overtook aid and FDI for the first time and became the largest external financial flow to Africa; second, Africa’s increasingly integrated with emerging economies.

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Top of the FLOPS at ISC’13

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Accoridng to an article published on GridCast, this week, almost 2,500 experts from industry, research, and academia have gathered in the German city of Leipzig for International Supercomputing Conference ’13 (ISC’13). The event played host today to the announcement of the new TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Milky Way 2 (known also as Tianhe-2), located at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in Changsha, China, was announced the new winner.
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According to an article published on The African Business Review, there is an increasing international perception that Africa is standing now at a turning point. It has become one of the world’s top growth areas (5.6% per annum) thanks to the structural reforms being put in place and its demographic dividend for the next 40 years.

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According to an article published on New York Times, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW calls data science “the sexiest job in the 21st century,” and by most accounts this hot new field promises to revolutionize industries from business to government, health care to academia.

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According to an article published on HumanIPO, the next 20 years will be characterised by the growth of big data as the next business opportunity, according to deputy chair and rotating chief executive officer (CEO) of Huawei, Ken Hu.

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90 ways to change the world ..We're excited to announce the 90 regional finalists of Google Science Fair and the kids that are putting science into action.

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According to an article published on Datanami, there has been an ongoing debate in the world for many years: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In the technology industry, a similar type of debate has been going on for more than 20 years: “Which came first, data or applications?”

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According to an article published on SciDev Net, a 'data revolution' must underpin the new set of global development goals to help monitor their progress and ensure the world's poorest get the support they need, according to a report by a UN panel of eminent people, headed by the UK prime minister and the presidents of Indonesia and Liberia.

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According to an article published on SciDev Net, A UN panel's report indicates an unfamiliarity with scientists, but there are various ways to develop collaboration.

The biggest current conversation in global development is the one about what follows the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

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According to an article published on Harvard Business Review blog, using data to manage is nothing new. But using big data to manage IS new, offering unprecedented challenges, opportunity, and risk. Senior executives need to learn and learn quickly. They must be prepared to ask penetrating questions when their data scientists bring them a new idea. Those who ask the following questions will be better prepared to both exploit the valuable insights and avoid the disasters that can arise from big — but bad — data.

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According to an article published on Primeur Weekly Magazine, Six of the world's leading research and education (R&E) networks and two commercial partners have demonstrated for the first time a Transatlantic 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbps or one billion bits per second) transmission link for research and education between North America and Europe during the TERENA Networking Conference 2013 (TNC2013), held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. These demonstrations showcased emerging technologies and advanced applications for science, research and education.

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The PRACE Scientific Conference 2013, organized by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) takes place on Sunday, 16 June, in Leipzig, Germany at the Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4.

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Governments and research institutions need to take a more nuanced approach to researcher mobility and move away from viewing it as an end in itself, a Dublin conference on the topic has been told.

For many researchers, geographic mobility can even be undesirable, forced upon them by economic conditions, participants heard at the Researcher Careers and Mobility Conference, which was held on 14 and 15 May under the Irish presidency of the Council of Ministers.

According to an artcile published on Reasearch Africa, Miguel Jorge, a member of the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations and a chemical engineer at the University of Strathclyde, said that a large group of researchers find themselves in precarious positions with short-term contracts, and must move around to find work.

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA , Africa currently offers the highest risk adjusted return on investment (ROI), the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, said at the weekend.

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Accoridng to an artcile published on VC4Africa, the 2013 Global Limited Partners Survey, released this week by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), indicates Sub Saharan Africa as the most attractive market for private equity investments. The study surveyed institutional investors to hear their attitudes toward private equity investing in emerging markets.

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Ushahidi: Crowdmap- You first

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Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
You can tell your story through Ushahidi’s new mapping platform with more support for photos, videos, links and sharing.
Click here to find out more about the platform

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Núria Bel works at the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She talked to Gidcast about e-infrastructures for linguistics at the e-IRG workshop in Dublin.

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