Reference models: What are they and why do we need them?


I’m often asked about Reference Models. What are they? Why do we need one? What benefit does it give? How do I use it? Commonly these questions are coming up when we talk about e-Science and building e-infrastructures to support research; for example around research infrastructures for the environmental sciences (ENVRI) where we have the ENVRI Reference Model (ENVRI RM). The questions come up all the time. Continue reading “Reference models: What are they and why do we need them?”

High pressure data potentially kills people!

It is as important to ensure that public harm is avoided through the misuse or misinterpretation of data, as it was to ensure that railway passengers were not killed by exploding boilers in the early days of steam.

I love this quote (bottom of page 493) from Professor Malcolm Atkinson‘s chapter on Data-Rich Futures in the book he co-edited on The Data Bonanza. It doesn’t deserve to remain buried away in a textbook and illustrates perfectly the immaturity of the current wave of “Big Data” R&D activity. Continue reading “High pressure data potentially kills people!”