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Policy and Governance

Using Data to Build Energy Efficient Cities

May 14, 2014 by Travis Korte

Cities of the future?

Ten cities in the United States have signed on to the City Energy Project (CEP), a major initiative to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, in part by using energy data. In the short term, these projects will help demonstrate the potential for data to improve energy efficiency. In the long term, these projects are an important step towards the ultimate goal of building smart cities that leverage a vast amount of data to create better communities.[read more]

State Secrets Laws Inhibit Open Data

May 6, 2014 by Travis Korte

State secrets.

In the United States and much of Western Europe, government data, such as economic indicators, government budgets, and agricultural information, is available to the public under freedom of information laws. While this data is not always accessible via bulk download in machine-readable formats, individuals can usually request and expect to receive it.[read more]

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Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

April 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can deliver mouthwatering value to companies and society, but the NSA revelations about spying on people as well as allegations that large corporations are snooping on customers has tainted the reputation of big data analytics. A growing number of people are now calling for a new Magna Carta for big data, but would that spell the end of the big data movement or a new beginning?[read more]

How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

March 25, 2014 by Travis Korte

Safer airtravel with better data.

Airlines and air traffic controllers use a lot of information to keep passengers safe, integrating weather readings, physical information about the plane, passenger data, and other kinds of data. But as the uncertainty surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s disappearance confirms, better information and ways to act on it will be crucial for the future of air safety.[read more]

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It's Time to Ditch Scarcity Thinking

March 19, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The information age has brought persons, businesses and societies elasticity, scalability, and the removal of many earlier capacity constraints. While some worldly things are physically scarce, when living in the information age, we need to retrain our minds to ditch scarcity thinking and instead embrace “sky’s the limit” abundance.[read more]

Architecting Big Data Solutions

March 12, 2014 by John Sanders
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Big data solutions.

In this article I would like to outline, at a high level, the overall thought process for "architecting" big data solutions. The process of developing an architecture is a very personal thing. I don't propose to say that this is the only way - this is simply a framework from which you could launch your own effort.[read more]

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6 Simple Steps to a Big Data Strategy

March 4, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We now live in a world in which the volumes of data are exploding by the second. While some companies are leveraging these data assets very well to generate mouth-watering competitive advantages, most are completely overwhelmed by the amounts of data they are generating and are simply scratching the surface of the other, external data they could use.[read more]

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Facebook's Big Data: Equal Parts Exciting and Terrifying?

February 18, 2014 by Bernard Marr

Big Data Guru column.

This post looks at the gigantic big data repositories Facebook is creating and discusses the exciting as well as terrifying opportunities to exploit that big data. The question is, does big data analytics put too much power in the hands of a commercial company like Facebook?[read more]

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When Big Data Turns Into a Big Nightmare!

January 21, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

For most companies today, data - especially big data - is one of their biggest assets. In this article, I look at one big data company that experienced the big data nightmare of having up to 110 million customer records stolen by thieves.[read more]

Data Privacy Issues Can't Be Overlooked

January 10, 2014 by Roman Vladimirov

Privacy policy.

Businesses in all sectors are finding more uses for their big data on what can seem like an everyday basis. For example, in a recent blog post by Forrester Research, many of the world's biggest brands, ranging from BMW and John Deere to the Starwood network of hotels, are pursuing initiatives allowing them to essentially sell data to their customers or clients to help bolster their users' experiences, in a variety of ways.[read more]

Will 2014 Bring the Death of the IT Manager?

December 14, 2013 by Danny Walker
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IT Manager in 2014?

Computer Weekly predicts that IT departments will shrink by as much as 75% over the next five years as cloud accelerates, while Gartner predicts that by 2017, the chief marketing officer will spend more on software than the chief information officer. So does this mean the death of the IT manager in 2014?[read more]

Obstacles to Personal Genetic Testing in the U.S. and Abroad

November 14, 2013 by Travis Korte

There is no reason people should not be able to pay to have their genes sequenced, particularly now that companies such as 23andMe have helped make personal genomics so inexpensive. Broader adoption of personal genetic testing would not only provide more individuals with information on their health profiles and genealogical histories, it would contribute to a dataset that could eventually help medical researchers investigate treatments to many genetic diseases.[read more]

XBRL: How to Save a Good Idea from a Bad Implementation

November 10, 2013 by Travis Korte

XBRL implementation at the SEC.

If the problems with the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace website have taught us anything, it is that implementation problems can overshadow the good ideas underlying government initiatives. The same problem is occurring right now with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adoption of XBRL, and critics must take care not to reject the idea of open financial reporting standards in light of a flawed implementation.[read more]

A Cautionary Tale of Data Governance

November 4, 2013 by Guy Cuthbert

interconnected world

It's many times harder to sell a potential improvement than to allay a potential risk, so perhaps the following apocryphal tale of a hypothetical global product organization might serve to highlight the potential risk, and consequential cost, of ignoring master data management in this interconnected, automated, global marketplace.[read more]

CERN: A Case Study in "Big Science" Data Management

October 29, 2013 by Travis Korte

nuclear research

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) became a poster-child for organizing and processing enormous quantities of data during its search for the Higgs boson and other physics investigations, but scaling up is not the only data hurdle the organization has had to jump.[read more]