"We now have very small periods in time that are leading to very large changes in the amount of data, the amount of computation, and the amount of knowledge that is needed in order to carry out this kind of work," said Seidel, also a professor with Louisiana State University's departments of Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science.
"We are thinking about ways to encourage the publication of more modern forms of scientific output," he said. He suggested in organizing scientific data for multiple communities, new approaches that merge databases with wikis, in addition to using social networking media tools such as Flickr and Twitter, will be very powerful. He noted that there are even new programs that create openly writable information storage and search platforms, such as those discussed in posters at the conference.
"We need to make the world writable," Seidel told TeraGrid '11 participants, adding that "software is the modern language of science these days."
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