The rapid advance in scientific knowledge has created such vast and complex quantities of information, or big data, that scientists and researchers have had to develop new infrastructure, tools and approaches to capture, analyse and share it.
A consortium of institutions in South Africa has been formed to establish a Western Cape Data Intensive Research Facility as part of the country’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System. The aim is to dramatically increase data-intensive research capacity ahead of the global astronomy research initiative, the Square Kilometre Array.
The Software Carpentry Foundation is an international organisation which helps scientists and engineers to get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced on Tuesday that it has approved a proposal by a Western Cape consortia of institutions, led by the University of Cape Town, to establish a Western Cape Data Intensive Research Facility (DIRF), as part of DST’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS).