Wolfram/Mathematica Data Summit

AGU on data management. Mathematica ‘one liners’ impress. Version 11 embeds graph database.

Speaking at the recent Wolfram/Mathematica Data Summit, Shelley Stall of the American Geophysical Union provided a progress report on the AGU’s collaboration with the CMMI Institute. The AGU’s position statement on data affirms that ‘Earth and space sciences data are a world heritage.’ The AGU’s data effort is likewise aligned with the President’s 2013 OSTP memorandum advocating that ‘the results of federally funded scientific research are made available to the public, industry, and the scientific community.’ The AGU’s data program is developed in partnership with the Coalition for publishing data in the earth and space sciences. AGU has adapted the CMMI’s data management maturity framework to its requirements. AGU member organization the USGS is also working on its data policies to align with federal open access/open data memoranda with the evolution of ScienceBase as a ‘fully functional’ repository for distributing USGS data. The ISO 16363 standard for trustworthy digital repositories also ran.

Of less immediate relevance to industry, but very interesting, were the entries in the Wolfram one-liner competition, a showcase for developers’ ingenuity and for the power of Mathematica. Unlike one-liners in low level languages, Mathematica on liners are easy to read. First prize went to a ‘fully functional game of Pong in a single tweet.’ Of some relevance to the GIS community was ‘Projections,’ a smooth transition between map projections. Check out the other winners here.

Earlier this year Wolfram released Version 11 of Mathematica. Stephen Wolfram, founder, CEO and co-developer produced an informative blog about the release which adds new functionality for 3D printing. New machine learning and neural network functions include automated image identification with a built-in library of 10,000 objects and graph database functionality. Also new are word

frequency analytical tools, including links with Wikipedia data, weather forecast data and mathematical function data. Wolfram also offers a plethora of ‘geo’ function-ality, projections, geodesy and data, notably from Open street map. OSM’s inventor Steve Coast also presented at the summit. Stephen Wolfram claims that Mathematica is ‘arguably the highest-level language that’s ever been created.’ Much more from his blog.

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