University of Washington eScience Institute: a Data Science Institute Before "Data Science" Was Cool
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AbstractMicaela Parker, PhD, became the Executive Director of the eScience Institute in September 2016, a position she job shares with Dr. Sarah Stone. The mission of the University of Washington eScience Institute is to engage researchers across disciplines in developing and applying advanced computational methods and tools to real-world problems in data-intensive discovery. This presentation provides an overview of the eScience Institute and its data services.
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