COUNTRY SCIENTIST

BY FORREST M. MIMS III

Data Mining: How to Analyze Online Scientific Data

The internet holds a treasure trove of scientific data. Never before has it been so easy for students, amateur scientists, retired professionals, and anyone with reasonable analytical and computing skills to do serious science. Even people without field or bench experience who have never used, much less built, an instrument can now make discoveries, possibly significant ones.

Data Resources

No matter what interests you most in science, you can probably find data that meets your interest somewhere on the web. Considerable online data is in the form of time series, collected at intervals ranging from seconds to years.

Here are a few sources:

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