July 23, 2013 — Vitaliy Kaurov, Technical Communication & Strategy

When 11-year-old Jesse Friedman won a programming prize at the Wolfram Technology Conference last year, I pondered the diversity of our global user community—from children to Nobel Prize laureates, from CTOs to astronauts, to the thousands of people on the planet who help the world tick every day using the tools we make.

We always have a great atmosphere at our annual Technology Conference, where developers and users mingle and share their stories. Imagine if we could take this interaction and somehow make it available every day to everyone. We hope to achieve this with Wolfram Community, a new virtual home for our big family, which we are very pleased to announce today. Now the people who make our wonderful technologies and the people who use them to make wonderful things are just a few clicks away from each other.

At the outset, Wolfram Community is a platform for questions and answers, idea sharing, and discussions about all of our technologies—including Mathematica, SystemModeler, Wolfram|Alpha, and all the rest. With time, not only do we envision uniting users across our technologies, but that the system will grow to provide additional features, including deeper integration with our products themselves, file sharing, and much more, offering a medium designed for creative collaboration. And if you already have a Wolfram ID, you’re all set to go—just sign in and start chatting.

Community People

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May 13, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

Thank you to all who made the Wolfram Virtual Conference Spring 2013 a great success. The free event featured two tracks of talks covering applications of Wolfram technologies in industry, education, and research as well as a Q&A with our experts and access to virtual networking.

Wolfram Virtual Conference

Attendees of all experience levels joined the event to gain new insights on how to get the most out of our technologies, including Mathematica‘s Predictive Interface, CDF and EnterpriseCDF, Wolfram SystemModeler, and more.

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May 8, 2013
Nick Lariviere, Kernel Developer, Core Mathematica Engineering
Samuel Chen, Technical Communication & Strategy

Last year we released Wolfram Finance Platform, beginning a new chapter in the way the financial world uses Wolfram technologies. Today we’re pleased to announce Wolfram Finance Platform 2, which expands and improves the groundwork begun by our first version.

One set of new capabilities that Finance Platform 2 introduces is a major enhancement to the way financial analysis is deployed: automated report generation.

Report Generation allows you to create documents quickly and easily using Wolfram Finance Platform documents. Since Report Generation is built on Finance Platform‘s Computable Document Format interface, it’s easy to add it into your normal workflow.

Data for the report can come from a variety of sources, such as the result of a computation, a database query, or Finance Platform‘s integrated computation data source or integrated market data streams. Portfolio performance, risk analyses, and market/economic outlook are just a few of the applications that can take advantage of Report Generation.

Wolfram Finance Platform examples

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April 26, 2013 — Matthew Day, Data Repository Manager

Next month I’m on a discussion panel at The Now and Future of Data Publishing symposium in Oxford, UK. I’m expecting this to be a good day and, if you’re in the area, I recommend you think about coming along (it’s free!).

We’re very interested in academic data. Over the past 20 years or so, publishers have changed in some big ways, such as shifting from print to online or adopting new open access business models. But one thing they haven’t fully tackled yet is how to handle the increasingly large amounts of data coming out of academic research.

Upload your own files to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

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April 10, 2013 — Jamie Peterson, Technical Programs Manager

The Wolfram Virtual Conference Spring 2013 brings together in one event many popular topics featuring the latest in Wolfram technologies. Join us on April 16, 1–4:30pm US EDT (5–8:30pm GMT), for this free online conference that offers presentations for a wide range of interests, showing you how to get the most out of Mathematica, the Computable Document Format, Wolfram SystemModeler, and Wolfram|Alpha.

Wolfram Virtual Conference

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March 13, 2013 — Crystal Fantry, Manager, Education Content

It’s that time of year again! Time to apply for the Mathematica Summer Camp 2013! The camp is being held at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, July 7–19. Students will have the opportunity to learn Mathematica’s computing language, work with Wolfram mentors, and interact with other students with similar interests. By the end of camp, each student will have created his or her very own Mathematica program!

Mathematica Summer Camp

Last year the camp was a great success, and students worked on a variety of projects, from modeling diseases to stereographic projection of platonic solids.

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March 11, 2013 — André Kuzniarek, Director of Document and Media Systems

For more than two decades, Mathematica users have been using our technology to solve some of their most difficult problems. And when they find solutions, they need to communicate them to managers, colleagues, and clients.

Like many other organizations, we also need to effectively communicate concepts when we design new technologies, and we need to make decisions quickly and efficiently. In the past, our own technology lacked a means of distributing results that could be viewed with a free document player, in which users could enter their own data, and that could update interactively and in real time.

We made great strides in addressing all of those issues with the introduction of the Computable Document Format (CDF). CDF is a computation-powered knowledge container that supports all sorts of applications, dashboards, and reports.

EnterpriseCDF

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March 7, 2013 — Rita Crook, Marketing Projects Coordinator

Our first ever European Wolfram Technology Conference will be held June 11–12 in Frankfurt, Germany (pre-conference training on June 10 in Friedrichsdorf). Join Wolfram developers and experts as we look at how combined computation expertise across all our technologies—Wolfram|Alpha, Computable Document Format, Wolfram SystemModeler, Wolfram Workbench, and of course Mathematica—can empower you and your organization in research, development, deployment—and progress.

European Wolfram Technology Conference 2013

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February 26, 2013 — Abigail Nussey, Wolfram Science Summer School Event Director

Wolfram Science Summer School 2013

Last year was the 10th anniversary of the publication of A New Kind of Science and the 10th installment of the Wolfram Science Summer School (formerly the NKS Summer School). To read more about the anniversary, check out the series of blog posts by Stephen Wolfram, starting here.

The Wolfram Science Summer School is a three-week research school focused on advancing student projects in the field of complex systems. Students tend to be undergraduates, graduates, post-docs, professionals, and professors. Summer school students have historically represented a wide array of topical areas, including (but not limited to): computer science, mathematics, physics, biology, ecology, architecture, music, philosophy, political science, and economics.

I’ve been helping out with the summer school since 2008. That first year up in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, I was lucky enough to be a student while I helped coordinate the event. Since then I’ve published a paper based on my 2008 project, and have worked on NKS methods as applied to music, social networks, and epidemic spread.

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February 13, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

Mathematica 9 added a slew of powerful visualization functions to its already long list of capabilities when it was released last November. To help highlight some of these and other visualization features, Wolfram Research is presenting a free virtual workshop.

Wolfram Visualization Virtual Workshop 2013

At the virtual workshop you can attend talks on a variety of topics, including 3D geometric modeling, data visualization, and interactive applications, and learn how to get started with your own projects. The workshop will also feature a panel discussion and Q&A sessions with Wolfram experts.

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