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Software for Big Science: The Insider's Guide

There are few places with more complex data challenges – and a corresponding need for robust and efficient informatics systems - than scientific research. Research projects are all huge in scale, with ever growing data. They often require specialist software, and sophisticated analysis and management.

This book, developed alongside to Institute of Physics and the editor of Physics World, draws on real-life experience at leading scientific institutions to advise on how to unlock new value from data, including:

  • How the ISIS Neutron Source developed an open-source software platform that could be used by, and allow collaboration with, neutron facilities around the world
  • How the Centre for Environmental Data Archival and the University of Oxford created an open-source toolkit to enable environmental data to be visualised and analysed to improve weather forecasting accuracy
  • Lessons from these and other projects in developing effective software for scientific research
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