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Three Ways Open Data Could Make California Golden

Mar 26, 2015 |

While California is widely regarded as the high-technology hub of the world, the state lacks a cohesive open data policy. Last week, a non-profit think tank in the Golden State released a report detailing why the state government should adopt an open data policy. According to the Milken Institute‘s “Open Data in California,” the state has the potential to unleash powerful economic forces if it follows the lead set by the Federal Government and 10 other states that have implemented Read more…

Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

How Big Data Is Helping Indian Schoolchildren

Mar 13, 2015 |

We often hear how big data and analytics are helping companies make more money. But big data tech is much more than that, and can also have a positive impact on one of society’s most vulnerable groups: rural schoolchildren. Earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard shared a story about how it’s working with a non-governmental entity (NGO) called the Akshara Foundation to help improve the educational experience of schoolchildren in the Indian state of Karnataka. Akshara’s mission is to ensure that every Read more…

The Rise of Predictive Modeling Factories

Feb 9, 2015 |

So you installed Hadoop and built a data lake that can store petabytes of data. Now what? According to leaders in predictive analytics, the best thing you can do is to build a predictive model factory that automates much of the drudgery out of running machine learning algorithms at scale. “Every data lake needs a predictive modeling factory,” says SriSatish Ambati, the co-founder and CEO of H2O, a developer of in-memory machine learning technology. “Predictive analytics as a whole is Read more…

Will Big Metadata Rat You Out?

Feb 5, 2015 |

Data scientists are usually taught to be cautious with personally identifiable (PII) data and take pains to ensure that it’s properly anonymized and aggregated for authorized uses. But as MIT researchers recently showed, it’s quite possible to “reidentify” a person by analyzing credit card metadata even after it has been anonymized. Writing in the magazine Science, four MIT researchers demonstrated a method that can be used to identify individuals by finding links among relatively course-grained credit card metadata. While the Read more…

News In Brief

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

U.S. Names First Chief Data Scientist

Feb 24, 2015 |

An industry veteran and college math professor who is partially credited with coining the title “data scientist” has been named the nation’s first chief data scientist. The White House announced the appointment of DJ Patil to the new post last week. Patil also will serve as the Obama administration’s deputy chief technology officer for data policy, the White House said. Patil most recently served as a vice president at RelateIQ, a customer relationship management specialist acquired by Salesforce in July Read more…

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

The Humanist’s Emerging Role in Big Data

Jan 21, 2015 |

The combination of big data and advanced analytics can help us find answers to questions that may otherwise stay unknown. But what questions are we asking of our big data sets, and what data are we using? The answers are important, and point to the need for a humanist’s touch in big data projects. In a recent TED talk and report, Susan Etlinger, a social media analytics expert at the Altimeter Group, elaborated on the need to understand the context Read more…

Kindergarten: The New Big Data Training Ground

Jan 8, 2015 |

A good education, it is often said, starts at home. And according to a new report, big data training should start in kindergarten. The earlier that educators start laying the foundation for the deep analytical skills required for the new data-driven economy, the better positioned tomorrow’s workforce will be to match the looming demand for data scientists. That’s the gist of a new report issued by the Oceans of Data Institute, which cited the 2011 McKinsey report that outlined the Read more…

This Just In

Data Summit to Begin May 12 in New York

Mar 26, 2015 |

MEDFORD, N.J., March 26 — Data Summit returns to New York as a leading force in Big Data education and training. The two-day event, which will be held May 12-13 and preceded by a day of workshops on May 11 at the New York Hilton Midtown, includes more than 40 innovative sessions led by industry experts; compelling keynotes; thought-provoking topics; and the opportunity to network with professionals. The program includes tracks such as: Analytics and Applications; Moving to a Modern Data Read more…

Teradata University Network Builds Big Data Talent Pipeline

Mar 25, 2015 |

ATLANTA, Ga., March 25 — To help companies meet their growing need for employees skilled in working with new types of data and complex business analytics, Teradata University Network has launched two business analytics competitions for college undergraduate and graduate students. Contestants must register by April 1, 2015, to take part in the competition. They will analyze data, draw business-relevant conclusions and present their business findings to data professionals in a juried competition in October. The Business Analytics and Data Challenge competitions are sponsored by Teradata Corp., Read more…

Pitt, CMU, and UPMC Form Alliance to Transform Healthcare Through Big Data

Mar 16, 2015 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., March 16 — Today’s health care system generates massive amounts of data –patient information in the electronic health record, diagnostic imaging, prescriptions, genomic profiles, insurance records, even data from wearable devices. Information has always been essential for guiding the care of individuals, but computer tools now make it possible to use that data to provide deeper insights into disease itself. Leveraging “big data” to revolutionize health care and wellness is the focus of the new Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, a Read more…

VT Researcher Receives NetApp Faculty Fellowship

Mar 10, 2015 |

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 10 – With the advent of cloud computing, users worldwide are provided huge data storage that can be accessed and shared from anywhere using laptops, smart phones, tablets, and other devices. Such global data access and sharing allows greatly-accelerated progress in scientific and technological achievements, not to mention innovative social media uses. However, with the data available worldwide, challenges remain in the ability to handle the volume of users attempting to access information simultaneously, as well as in the Read more…

IBM Announces New Partnership with Carnegie Mellon University

Mar 5, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and PITTSBURGH, Penn., March 5 — IBM today announced a new smarter buildings partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the first higher education institution to pioneer use of a new cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs. The university expects to save approximately 10 percent on utilities, nearly $2 million annually, when the IBM system is fully deployed across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus. “On its own, the deployment of this technology will drive significant energy and operational savings with Read more…