We would like to share with you the follow presentation on Big Data by Yifeng Cui and Amit Chourasia of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego.
We would like to inform you that the Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin No. 12 (2010–2011) is now available from the website of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS):
- WGMS 2013. Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin No. 12 (20102011). Zemp, M., Nussbaumer, S. U., Naegeli, K., Gärtner-Roer, I., Paul, F., Hoelzle, M., and Haeberli, W. (eds.), ICSU(WDS)/IUGG(IACS)/UNEP/UNESCO/WMO, World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich, Switzerland, 106 pp., publication based on database version: doi:10.5904/wgms-fog-2013-11.
The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center has announced the public release of the data products of two NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use In Research Environments (MEaSUREs) projects: the NASA Web Enabled Landsat Data collection and the NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission V3.0 collection. Full product descriptions for both datasets can be found through the following URL:
The following cartoon by (xkcd.com's) Randall Munrow was published in the 4 October 2013 edition of Science (Vol. 342, no. 6154, pp. 58–59; DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.58) and highlights that open access reached a tipping point in 2011, when more than half of new research became available freely online:
In spring 2014, Nature Publishing Group will launch an open-access online-only journal dedicated to manuscripts detailing dataset descriptions, Scientific Data. More information about this new journal, including the call for submissions, can be found here:
We would like to draw your attention to the following article by Curtis Rice in the Friday, 4 October 2013 edition of The Guardian newspaper, in which he responds to recent criticism of Open Access Publishing by Science magazine: