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Compiling big data in a human-centric way
When a group of researchers realized they were spending days combing through databases searching for information regarding gene variants, they decided to do something about it. By creating MARRVEL (Model organism Aggregated Resources for Rare Variant ExpLoration) they are now able to help not (...)
[Science daily]

Torching the modern-day Library of Alexandria
It was strange to me, the idea that somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25-million books and nobody is allowed to read them. It's like that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie where they put the Ark of the Covenant back on a shelf somewhere, lost in the chaos of a (...)

Preserving Holocaust survivor stories with technology
Pinchas Gutter sat for more than 20 hours of interviews, and his answers formed a database that powers his digital persona. It's all part of an effort by the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve first-hand accounts of the Holocaust.
[CNN Money]

Steve Ballmer serves up a fascinating data trove
On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to (...)
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