My colleague at work today pointed me to the following article, which describes the intersection of technology, data, and the scientific method.
The article mentions the book “The Fourth Paradigm“, which describes this new paradigm of data-driven discovery. I will need to put it on my long list of books to read (which I am making very slow progress through.. sigh). There is a review of the book here
It talks about using tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, SAS/SPSS/R to crunch through lots of scientific data to obtain meaningful information.
It pretty well sums up where I see myself heading/positioning myself, from a ‘data-centric’ viewpoint.