Beyond Excel: Bringing Web Connected Science to… Scientists

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Accepted Session
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Beginner
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B201

Excerpt

Come learn how team Hydrasi is partnering with scientific organizations to combine Open Source technologies and give them tools they never realized they could have. We'll blend stories of working with organizations such as DEQ, NOAA, and the Army Corps with your own story to explore ways scientists can partner with techies to make the world a better place.

Description

Scientists and engineers are terrible programmers. As much as we hate to admit it, we make software that stinks. It might be because of this that we love our old tools– the ones we grew up using. We perform complicated mathematical models in Excel because that’s the first thing we learned to crunch numbers in, and we don’t have time to learn to program in Erlang because, well, we’re busy doing science.

There is an incredible partnership opportunity here.

In our modern world, there are so many tools and techniques that scientists could be using to do better science, but many of those tools and techniques are out of their reach as they try to keep up with their own fields, as well as fight funding and political winds within their organizations and universities. Scientists need your help! We, the geeky tech community, need to come to their rescue. This is one story of how that’s being done.

Come learn how team Hydrasi is combining Open Source technologies such as Ruby, Scala, Mongo, Redis, Erlang, R, Python, and the concept of the API into things scientists can use to replace Excel and PDF, and give them tools they never realized they could have. Moreover, come discuss some of the challenges that modern science has keeping up in the world of tech, and how the tech community can help them evolve, adapt, and develop.

We’ll blend stories of working with DEQ, NOAA, EPA, USGS, and the Army Corps with your own story to explore ways scientists can partner with techies to make the world a better place.

Speaking experience

John has spoken quite a bit, and always gives an entertaining talk. Bill's speaking experience is described as "Meh." We won't make him do most of the talking.

Speakers