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Policy and Governance

The Federal Government Should Fund More Data Pilot Projects

July 8, 2014 by Travis Korte

Data pilot projects.

If the federal government wants to use data to “solve problems, improve well-being, and generate economic prosperity” on a national scale, as the White House wrote in a recent report, it must start at the local level. Cities and states offer fertile soil for data pilot projects, and the knowledge gained from these projects can lead to insights that apply far beyond their origins.[read more]

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When Ideology Reigns Over Data

June 2, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians either see what they want to see—despite the data, or worse, gently massage data to get “the right results.”[read more]

From Data Ownership to Data Usage: How Consumers Will Monetize Their Personal Data

May 29, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

How consumers will monetize their personal data.

In a world where more data is created than ever before, data ownership is gaining in importance. Not only organisations understand the value of data. Also consumers are becoming more aware of the value of their data and they are less willing to give companies their sensitive data for free.[read more]

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 5, 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 22, 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]