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Databases Science

Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Spur Research 82

turnkeylinux writes "Amazon just launched its Public Data Sets service (home). The project encourages developers, researchers, universities, and businesses to upload large (non-confidential) data sets to Amazon — things like census data, genomes, etc. — and then let others integrate that data into their own AWS applications. AWS is hosting the public data sets at no charge for the community, and like all of AWS services, users pay only for the compute and storage they consume with their own applications. Data sets already available include various US Census databases, 3-D chemical structures provided by Indiana University, and an annotated form of the Human Genome from Ensembl."
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Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Spur Research

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  • Finally! (Score:4, Funny)

    by jornak ( 1377831 ) on Friday December 05, 2008 @10:47AM (#26002601)
    Now I have somewhere I can store the index of my massive porn collection. Thanks, Amazon!
  • by owlnation ( 858981 ) on Friday December 05, 2008 @11:27AM (#26003001)
    Expect a new slew of Amazon patents...

    "1-Sick" -- Health Data
    "1-Mick" -- Irish Census Data
    "1-Dick" -- Porn Movies Database
    "1-Lick" -- Lesbian Porn Movies Database
    "1-Fick" -- German Porn Movie Database
    "1-Hick" -- The George W. Bush Presidential Library catalog.
    "1-Kick" -- Pharmaceutical Index
    "1-Nick" -- Crime Data
    "1-Prick" -- Copyright Law Legal database
    "1-Trick" -- List of iKea-nu Reeves Movies.
    "1-Tick" -- Camping Places Data set.
    "1-Brick" -- The Lego Catalog.
    "1-Thick" -- Obesity Index.
  • by sukotto ( 122876 ) on Friday December 05, 2008 @11:58AM (#26003375)

    >users pay only for the compute and storage they
    >consume with their own applications

    Everything old is new again!
    Ah the good old days... when you had to PAY for cycles.... not like the young whippersnappers today with their "desktops" and "laptops" and more cycles than they know what to do with.

  • Re:Finally! (Score:1, Funny)

    by dmbasso ( 1052166 ) on Friday December 05, 2008 @12:50PM (#26004089)

    Score:0, Funny... why the fuck people are so humorless nowdays? To take the time to mod down a funny post... why don't you spare your mod points to mod down the 'frist psots!!1!!!' that became usual?

    Btw, go ahead and mod me off-topic.

  • AOL (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 05, 2008 @02:12PM (#26005173)

    I wonder if AOL will be submitting any "non-confidential" data...

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