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What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

How a Facebook-Like Graph Powers Drug Discovery

Sep 29, 2014 |

Researchers have long sought to identify the key proteins involved in the development of diseases like cancer. However, the time and effort required to check each combination of proteins can be daunting. But thanks to the advent of graph analytics, researchers can now build models of protein networks, thereby enabling mass parallelization of the protein problem and powering a more efficient drug discovery process. One of the companies employing advanced graph analytics in drug discovery is e-Therapeutics, a British biotech Read more…

Big Data Challenges in Social Sciences & Humanities Research

Sep 8, 2014 |

One commonly mentioned benefit of the study of history is that we may gain insight into the thoughts and behavior of our ancestors. Learning where we came from can help us better prepare for where we are going. At the launch of this age of Big Data, we are only now well positioned to accomplish that ambition. Armed with Big Data Analytics, we can improve the well-being of ourselves and our offspring, particularly in Social Sciences & Humanities Research. In Read more…

Here’s Another Option for Hadoop Enterprise Search

Aug 8, 2014 |

The software stacks of many Hadoop distributions feature Apache Lucene and Solr as the enterprise search component. But the folks at the French firm Sinequa say Hadoop customers will get more actual work done–and quickly analyze massive amounts of poly-structured data from dozens of other sources in multiple languages–by using its enterprise search solution. Hadoop, machine learning algorithms, and graph databases may get most of the headlines in our big data world, but good old search engines continue to be Read more…

Deep Neural Networks Power Big Gains in Speech Recognition

May 30, 2014 |

Ten years ago, Bill Gates declared speech recognition as one of the “holy grails” of computing challenges that would fall within the next decade. Right on cue, Microsoft this week revealed that its research in deep neural networks and machine translation have yielded major advances in the field, the results of which will be included in a new real-time language translation product for Skype expected by December. Microsoft Research has been working on speech recognition and related topics in the Read more…

News In Brief

‘Liquid’ Data Seen as Engine of Economic Growth

Oct 9, 2014 |

The free flow of data, especially government data, on open platforms could generate more than $1 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity, according to a recent global survey. That forecast depends however on greater investment in data analysis tools and regulatory safeguards that would make data more “liquid.” The report released earlier this month by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. predicts that global open data platforms could generate more than $3 billion annually in “additional value” for key Read more…

S. Korea Eyes Big Data to Reduce Car Accidents

Oct 8, 2014 |

Among the many striking features of the bustling city of Seoul, South Korea, are its connectedness, a function of its extensive deployment of broadband networks, and its roaring, non-stop traffic. An electronic sign in the city’s shopping district actually keeps track of the number of Korean auto fatalities. The total seemingly increases by the minute. Hence, the Korean government wants to use spatial, weather and other big data sources to provide drivers with what officials call an accident forecast service Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…

Twitter Funds MIT ‘Social Machines’ Effort

Oct 3, 2014 |

Machines could become more social thanks to a new Twitter-funded initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s vaunted Media Lab that will seek to develop new technologies to make sense of social chatter ranging from tweets to data streams to digital content. MIT Media Lab announced Oct. 1 the creation of a Laboratory for Social Machines using $10 million in funding from Twitter over the next five years. Twitter said it also would provide the new MIT lab with full Read more…

Peaxy Launches Scalable Data Manager

Sep 30, 2014 |

Data management specialist Peaxy Inc. (pronounced “peak-see”) is targeting the enormous growth of unstructured data in industrial sectors with its Hyperfiler system designed to harness disparate data through controlled access and a “consistent data path.” San Jose-based Peaxy said this week its data management tool targets engineers and analysts who must search for datasets across geographic locations, platforms and storage devices. The unstructured data is then pieced together to aid, for example, the product lifecycle spanning design and simulation. By Read more…

This Just In

Slingshot Power Utilizing Actian Analytics Platform

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Energy independence takes a big step forward with the Actian Analytics Platform providing insights to drive the most optimal decisions for creating market intelligence for clean energy adoption. Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the first company to deliver an end-to-end big data analytics platform running natively in Hadoop, announced that clean energy provider Slingshot Power is using the Actian Analytics Platform – Hadoop SQL Edition to more accurately target customer segments, optimize system performance, tailor recommendations, and predict the ideal pathway for every Read more…

Revolution Analytics Introduces Revolution R Open and Plus

Oct 15, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Revolution Analytics, the only commercial provider of open source R software, today announced two new offerings that support the open source R community and elevate R’s capabilities to enterprise-level performance. Revolution R Open is a free, open source R distribution that enhances R performance, makes it easier to share R scripts and improves collaboration on R-based advanced analytics applications. Revolution R Plus is the only subscription-based technical support service for open source R, Read more…

Auckland to Utilize HP Software for Big Data Project

Sep 30, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 — HP today announced that the city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a visionary Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Auckland Transport, Auckland’s government agency responsible for all of its transportation infrastructure and services, will deploy video analytics powered by HP IDOL on servers and storage from HP Enterprise Group, and with support from HP Software Professional Services. “The safety and well-being of our citizens Read more…

Registration Now Open for Rock Stars of Big Data Analytics Conference

Sep 30, 2014 |

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., Sept. 30 — Registration is underway for Rock Stars of Data Analytics on October 21 in San Jose, California, where well-known data analytics authorities will explore all aspects of analytics, including building a data-driven culture, launching data platforms, and ensuring privacy. Industries and organizations from healthcare and finance to technology and government are currently struggling to stay afloat in a rising tide of data. But the bigger struggle emerging is the need to analyze and leverage all that data in order to move into the future Read more…

IBM Donates PureData for Analytics System to UF

Sep 25, 2014 |

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 25 — Imagine a day when your toothbrush can record every brushstroke you make and transmit that data to your dentist, who can use it at your next checkup to help you improve your brushing technique to prevent the onset of tooth decay. That scenario is in the realm of possibility for researchers who work in the field of “big data,” a term for the collection of data sets so large and complex that they become difficult Read more…