Microsoft Research’s eScience group is helping scientific researchers use database and online sharing tools in ways they might not have imagined, and sharing those experiences with Microsoft product groups that can tweak their software for easier use by the scientific community.
Microsoft researchers showed off some of their projects at the American Geophysical Union annual conference in San Francisco this week, said Catherine van Ingen, partner architect with Microsoft Research’s eScience group.
One example of the eScience group’s work is a project with climate scientists. Many researchers in the field are independent scientists who might be doing research into local climates for the sake of their crops or other specific interests, van Ingen said. Other scientists are looking at climate change from a more global perspective. Now, the two types of researchers are combining their data.
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