Is Big Data the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Is Big Data the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

There’s no doubt that the big data phenomenon is having a major impact on our lives. Algorithms...

Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself

Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself

Lucidworks today unveiled an ambitious new enterprise search application called Fusion that uses advanced signal processing and...

Self-Provision Hadoop in Five Clicks, BlueData Says

Self-Provision Hadoop in Five Clicks, BlueData Says

Forget the data science–in some organizations, just getting access to a Hadoop cluster is a major obstacle....

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for...

In The Spotlight

A Big Data All Star’s advice: “Dive Right In”

Big Data All StarThe latest Datanami Big Data All Star Award goes to Nathaniel Auvil from Comcast. He is being recognized for exceptional work in applying extreme computing techniques to solve data intensive challenges related to creating advanced advertising platforms, and optimally analyzing the data generated from them. The amount of data being generated from these innovative advertising platforms is in the terabytes per day, and fast approaching petabyte level. Having the skills, utilizing the tools, leveraging a strong team, and knowing how to tie it all together is what makes Nathaniel an all-star in the big data world. Read our interview with him to better understand his challenges, and how they are being successfully addressed. Congratulations Nathaniel!

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News In Brief

Concerns About Big Data Abuses Grow

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The tension between the rise of big data and concerns over privacy and fairness continues to mount as federal regulators convened this week to ponder whether big data is a "tool for inclusion or exclusion." That was the title of a Sept. 15 Read more…


IBM Moves to Make Watson Accessible to the Masses

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IBM is promising data crunching for the masses with its Watson Analytics natural-language cognitive service. The big data leader said Sept. 16 the extended release of the cloud-based analytics service promises to broaden access to predictive Read more…


Food For Thought: Startup Targets Nutritional Data

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A U.K. data startup that has developed a semantic platform targeting nutrition and health applications said it has added more than 500,000 U.S. products to its dataset in hopes of promoting new applications for everything from nutritional Read more…


Data Execs Thinking Big, Worried about Securty, Skills

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Another industry survey has concluded that big data is helping global companies identify new revenue sources while developing new products and services. But a majority of executives responding to a survey by consulting firm Accenture Analytics Read more…


LA Data: Cities Ponder Responsible Use of Big Data

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Given its traffic, sprawl and glitz, Los Angeles has to be one of the great data-generating cities on Earth. In response, Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed the City of Angels' first "chief data officer" tasked with overseeing its new Read more…


Data Tools Help Researchers Tackle Pediatric Cancer

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A genomic data analysis platform being installed at the National Cancer Institute will deliver rapid analysis of billions of data points required when sequencing human DNA and other genomic data. Translational Genomics Research (TGen) said Read more…


MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

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Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop "ingested" more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its Read more…


Survey: Big Data Deployments Reaching ‘Tipping Point’

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Most big data deployments are still being evaluated but may be approaching a "tipping point" as they move toward production, according to big data market researcher Wikibon. Wikibon analysts stressed that much of its recent survey data Read more…


Insurer Embraces Data Analytics to Shape Benefits Coverage

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The U.S. insurance industry is attempting to move beyond actuarial tables to leverage data analytics in helping insurance brokers and employers tailor benefit plans for those workers still covered under employer benefit plans. Sun Life Read more…


Stinger Initiative Prepares for .next Phase

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The Hadoop developer community that recently delivered the final tweaks to the Stinger Initiative, an effort to bring SQL capabilities to Apache Hive, said its Stinger.next effort would Read more…