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Physicists and Astronomers Prepare for a Data Flood

Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1840-1841
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1840

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New particle detectors and telescopes are starting to rake in data at an unprecedented rate, and the experiments themselves have ever larger numbers of far-flung, data-hungry collaborators. Organizing this flood of data and making it available to the global community of scientists without swamping computers or networks will require rethinking the ways data are stored and disseminated. By sorting data as they flood in and dynamically reorganizing databases to reflect demand, researchers hope to provide prompt, universal access to entire data archives.