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Policy and Governance

The Department of Commerce Should Establish an Office of Data Innovation

September 30, 2013 by Daniel Castro

Photo credit:  Tim Evanson

The Department of Commerce should proactively search for more opportunities to unlock the potential of data-driven innovation. The importance of data to the U.S. economy continues to grow. For example, in the United States the economic value from health care data is estimated at $300 billion annually.[read more]

Using Data for K-12 Education

September 3, 2013 by Travis Korte

The use of advanced analytics on educational data could encourage numerous positive outcomes such as increased individualized learning, enhanced test-preparedness, improved identification of cheating, better course design, and reduced costs across school districts.[read more]

How Big Data Can Help the Developing World Beat Poverty [VIDEO]

August 2, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

The United Nations sees the possibilities of big data: in 2009, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the initiative Global Pulse. Global Pulse serves as an innovation lab that brings together different stakeholders, such as big data scientists, data providers, governments and development sector practitioners.[read more]

Encrypting Backup Data for HIPAA and PCI Compliance

July 26, 2013 by Thu Pham

Stored data is a top target by hackers, especially the type of data that can be used for fraud and medical identity theft – within the healthcare industry in particular, encrypting stored data to meet HIPAA compliance is one way to avoid the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule and keep data secure.[read more]

4 Benefits for the Public Sector when Governments Start Using Big Data

July 25, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Transparency within governments can be improved as well as time and money required by government officials and citizens to comply with tax regulations can be reduced. A lot of government tax agencies store personal data, which is copied all over the public sector. Over and over again, citizens have to complete new forms with information most governments already have.[read more]

The NSA, Link Analysis and Fraud Detection

July 25, 2013 by Dean Abbott

The recent leaks about the NSA’s use of data mining and predictive analytics has certainly raised awareness of our field and has resulted in hours of discussions with family, relatives, friends and reporters about what predictive analytics can (and can’t) do with phone records, emails, chat messages, and other structured and unstructured data.[read more]

What Data Do the Five Largest Tech Companies Collect? [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 21, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

What's Google got on you?

Big Data brings big privacy issues. Baynote has created an infographic that shows the vast amounts of different types of data collected by the five largest tech companies in the world -- Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! and Amazon -- ranging from search queries, profile information to even your phone number.[read more]

Testing the San Francisco Open Data Initiative [VIDEO]

July 18, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Open Data in SF

San Francisco’s Open Data Initiative allows the government of San Francisco to share open data with its citizens, who can use the data to develop innovative mobile apps. Adam Shaw, from BBC Horizons, tests a few of these apps while on the road in San Francisco.[read more]

Four Ways to Make Enterprise Social Work

July 17, 2013 by Timo Elliott

How to do enterprise social right

The latest research shows that adoption of enterprise social within organizations has been disappointing. A mere 10-20% of eligible workers actively use their organization’s social platform, according to more than half of respondents to a Dachis Group study. Why hasn't enterprise social caught on?[read more]

Tag, Anyone?

July 16, 2013 by Erica Driver

RFID tag

The nature of data is changing. At the moment organizations gather data from many different sources including loyalty cards, machine logs, sensor arrays, and social media sentiment analysis (even if they don’t always analyze the data enough). But what about the future?[read more]

Big Data Accountability (Part 2)

July 16, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big Data accountancy (jscreationzs /

In a previous post I introduced the topic of Big Data Accountability and that there are three different aspects that are part of big data accountability: the data, the algorithms and the data auditors. Here's a more in-depth examination of those three elements.[read more]

Big Data Accountability (Part 1)

July 15, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Data accountancy goes way back / shutterstock

The earliest records of accounting data go back 7,000 years, where the growth of crops and herds were recorded in ancient Babylon. Since then, accountancy has evolved into an entire industry that helps organizations understand their resources and determine the correct value of their assets and liabilities.[read more]


What Is the Government Really Collecting From Your Phone? [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 12, 2013 by Philip Cohen

NSA & phone data

Now that the entire world knows that the US government is collecting information from its citizens' phones, you have to wonder how agencies like the NSA and Homeland Security plan to use that info. This infographic takes a somewhat whimsical look at the kinds of data the NSA is collecting.[read more]

Big Data Analytics Doesn't Have to Be the Wild West

July 12, 2013 by Bill Franks

Big Data law and order / shutterstock

To many, big data feels like the wild west; little or no structure or standards and an unclear picture of how to use the data for analysis. But you can begin to standardize and simplify your use of big data today; to understand how, consider the maturity curve for any new data source or analytic process.[read more]

Offsite HIPAA Data Centers Are Key to Health Organization Disaster Recovery

June 29, 2013 by Thu Pham

Offsite data centers & disaster recovery / shutterstock

Catastrophes can happen anytime and anywhere. Just ask the staff and patients at the Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma, where last month a deadly tornado struck the medical facility, leaving it unsalvageable. Such destructive events bring disaster recovery planning to the forefront of every CIOs mind.[read more]