In conjunction with the 2010 eScience Workshop, we are proud to announce the inauguration of an exciting new blog here on Nature. This new blog will be built around the themes of The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, a collection of essays exploring the mushrooming role of data-intensive science.
The new blog will provide an ongoing forum to build on the book's themes. Here, researchers from around the world will contribute their own views on data-intensive science, creating an ever-expanding collection of timely, thought-provoking treatises. The book was released just a year ago, a short time in the world of publishing but a veritable eternity in the realm of today's data-intensive science. Thus the blog will serve as a continual update to the book, bringing the latest and, we hope, most provocative contributions to this burgeoning field. Over time, the best of the blog entries might even be gathered into a new edition of the book.
...Tony Hey, corporate vice president of External Research, a division of Microsoft Research
[ The blog url is blogs.nature.com/fourthparadigm/ ]
The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery book, Presenting the first broad look at the rapidly emerging field of data-intensive science.
Increasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help researchers manipulate and explore massive datasets.
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.
In The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, the collection of essays expands on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray for a new, fourth paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science and offers insights into how it can be fully realized.