If you are one of those people who are very particular about how much they spend and whether or not it’s justifiable, then you will definitely love this…… free national SMSs withing South Africa; and you can send upto 20 per day too. What could be better than that? I send an average of about 10 local SMSs per day; that evidently translates to R 3.5 (a local SMS costs 35c… utter madness if you ask me; and did I mention that an international SMS costs 5 times as much? Insane! call me if you think thats justifiable when they don’t even pay Interconnect fees for SMSs).
So my supervisor gave me my first reading last week; “The Fourth Paradigm – Data Intensive Scientific Discovery” (The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery). I just finished going through the first chapter (an edited version of the last talk – eScience Talk at NRC-CSTB meeting – given by Jim Gray in 2007 before he got lost at sea) and I must say, it is a rather interesting book.
The foreword is especially interesting as it starts off with a classic example of how useful curated data can be; it basically talks about how Johannes Kepler discovered the laws of planetary motion using Tycho Barhe’s catalog of systematic astronomical observations. Gordon Bell then describes Data-Intensive science as being comprised of three basic activities: capture, curation, and analysis.