The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

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“The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery” is a free 287 page book from Microsoft Research.This book presents the first broad look at the rapidly emerging field of data-intensive science, with the goal of influencing the worldwide scientific and computing research communities and inspiring the next generation of scientists.


Increasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help researchers manipulate and explore massive datasets.

The speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies.

In The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, the collection of essays expands on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray for a new, fourth paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science and offers insights into how it can be fully realized.

Table of Contents

  • Introductions
  • Earth and Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Scientific Infrastructure
  • Scholarly Communication

Book Details

Author(s): Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley and Kristin Tolle
Format(s): PDF
File size: 6 MB, 93 MB
Number of pages: 287
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