The age of data-intensive scientific discovery

The first three paradigms in scientific discovery are founded in experimental, theoretical and computational science. The book “The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery” published by Microsoft, and available here for download, presents the analysis of massive data sets as the emerging fourth paradigm of scientific discovery.  The book, organized as a collection of essays, argues that our capacity for collecting scientific data is already far beyond our capacity to analyze it, therefore we should be focusing on development of  technologies that will help us make sense of the massive quantities of data available.  It indicates also, that “the speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies.”

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