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    Question Scientific Data Management

    Hi all,

    My (fairly) new role is that of a scientific data manager.

    I'm trying to get an idea of how other scientists / organisations handle the tons of data they accumulate.

    Currently, the norm here seems to be loading these data into Excel spreadsheets, or MS Access databases that eventually get stuck/lost on some one's personal (work) computer.

    So I guess the questions are:

    - How do you as a scientist manage the data you collect?
    - How do you share that information with others?
    - Do you have an special process software that helps you automate stuff?

    Thanks for taking the time!

    Cheers
    Rax

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    Re: Scientific Data Management

    The best solution would be to set up a central database in Oracle, MS SQL, or MySQL based on your budget.

    Then you could access these in programs or use a databse GUI program like those listed here: http://linas.org/linux/db-rad.html.

    For Windows I used a program called Toad at one job. Toad allowed you to run SQL statements and then export the results to Excel etc for use.

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    Re: Scientific Data Management

    It may be overkill for your needs but something along the lines of Jasper or Pentaho might also be appropriate.
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    Re: Scientific Data Management

    thanks for the suggestions.... I'll look into these apps.

    I'm already trying to set up a central DB.. now to get the scientists to use it!

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    Re: Scientific Data Management

    gunksta - Just to clear up do you mean the following:

    http://www.pentaho.com/products/

    http://jasperforge.org/plugins/proje...p?group_id=102

    Thanks

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    Re: Scientific Data Management

    Yes.

    Those are the products I meant. I should have linked to them in my first post. Thanks for following up on it.
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