Science, scholarship, and education are being transformed by the advances in computation and information technology. Much of the scholarly work, including data, tools for their exploration and theoretical modeling, literature, and collaboration tools, are now moving to virtual environments. The exponential growth of data volumes, and the simultaneous increase in the data complexity offer both new scientific opportunities and new challenges for knowledge discovery in massive and complex data sets and data streams. We are now developing new methodologies for the scientific research in the 21st century.
S. George Djorgovski is a Professor of Astronomy at Caltech. He is the author or coauthor of several hundred scientific publications, including about 250 in refereed journals. He was one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory framework, and the emerging field of AstroInformatics. Professor Djorgovski's scientific interests include observational cosmology, origins and evolution of galaxies and quasars, digital sky surveys, development of the methodology for a computationally enabled, data-intensive science for the 21st century, and many other topics.