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What’s Hot This Summer: Data Science Bootcamps

Jun 23, 2016 |

Summer is here and temperatures are rising. While some of us take vacations or cool off at the beach, prospective data scientists are heating up their job prospects by participating in one of a growing number of data science bootcamps. Bootcamps of all types are growing quickly. According to Course Report, a website that tracks bootcamps, the number of graduates from the country’s 91 full-time coding bootcamps will grow by 60 percent this year, increasing to 17,966 graduates accounting for Read more…

Will the Fall of ‘Society’s Genome’ Trigger the Next Dark Age?

Jun 20, 2016 |

Over the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable transformation of our society, and digital information is at the very heart of it. But what if we were to suddenly lose all this data that we’ve amassed, or a big chunk of it? It would be, quite simply, devastating to Western civilization, argues the CEO of Spectra Logic in a new book. In the new book, titled “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation,” Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson Read more…

Data Science Operationalization in the Spotlight at Leverage Big Data ’16

Jun 9, 2016 |

How do you create business value from data science? It may be easy to answer from a theoretical standpoint, but actually turning data into business value in the real world is another matter entirely. This week, dozens of the brightest minds from the world of big data attended Datanami‘s third annual Leverage Big Data event to discuss their big data experiences and share tips on how to operationalize data science in the real world. The three-day event was well attended Read more…

Human Insight Is Key To Utilizing Data

Jun 6, 2016 |

For some, the big data revolution represents a clear progression toward a new (and inevitable) way of seeing the world. Like the driverless cars that pilot themselves down I-280 during morning rush hour in San Mateo County, big data seems to offer a tantalizing glimpse of a world free from nearly all human error. The organizational theorist Geoffrey Moore goes so far as to argue that “Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” Read more…

How Spark and Hadoop Are Advancing Cancer Research

May 23, 2016 |

The combination of Spark and Hadoop has supercharged big data analysis across many industries and use cases by lowering the barrier of entry to advanced analytics and thereby enabling data scientists to create data-driven products that weren’t previously possible. But one area where Spark and Hadoop are having an especially strong impact revolves around cancer research. Cancer killed about 590,000 Americans last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That makes it the second leading causes of death in Read more…

News In Brief

MIT Uses Video to Train Machine Vision System

Jun 22, 2016 |

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory reported this week they have developed a deep learning algorithm that could help machines using predictive vision anticipate human interactions. The approach uses unlabeled YouTube videos as its source material to train deep networks to predict human interactions. In a paper titled, “Anticipating Visual Representations from Unlabeled Video,” the researchers said they applied recognition algorithms on the trained network’s prediction to forecast future actions. That prediction capability could be used in Read more…

Gartner: Role of Analytics in Security is Growing

Jun 15, 2016 |

As corporate and, more recently, university IT networks are bombarded with malicious code and other forms of cyber attacks, network managers are being forced to rely more heavily on a range of emerging security technologies to monitor suspicious activity on networks and cloud infrastructure. Among the leading approaches to infrastructure security are tools for securing cloud access along with “endpoint” solutions designed detect and respond to breaches along with signature-based approaches to funding off malware. Increasingly, however, user and behavioral Read more…

Machine Learning Enlisted to Fight Ransomware

Jun 14, 2016 |

Everyone seemingly is complaining about the spread of ransomware, and now somebody is trying to do something about it using machine learning-based behavioral analytics techniques to track suspicious behavior on company networks. As the scale of the ransomware threat grows, including ransom payments by hospitals and universities and growing fears that it will soon spread to other sectors, a Silicon Valley security intelligence firm has rolled out an approach for detecting ransomware via machine learning. Exabeam, a specialist in user Read more…

UMass Gets More Corporate Funding for Data Science

Jun 13, 2016 |

Corporate backing continues to pour into efforts to build up data science and cyber security skills. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which last year launched its Center for Data Science, will receive another $15 million over the next decade from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s foundation. The insurer’s foundation said its goal is to help the university based in western Massachusetts become a global center for data science research and finding new ways to protect digital data. “The implementation Read more…

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

This Just In

Paxata Awards Student Fellowship Grants to Six Students

Jun 24, 2016 |

June 24 — Paxata, provider of the only enterprise-grade self-service data preparation platform, is pleased to announce it has awarded its Paxata Student Fellowships grants to six students who will attend the HILDA 2016 Workshop on Human-In-the-Loop Data Analytics, which is co-located with SIGMOD/PODS Conference. Each fellowship grant covers registration for the conferences, travel, accommodations and related expenses. Paxata is also a sponsor of the HILDA event, which is taking place at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency on June 26, 2016. The fellowship awards Read more…

WGU Launches Bachelor’s Degree in Data Management/Data Analytics

Jun 10, 2016 |

June 10 — Western Governors University (WGU) is now accepting applications for a new online bachelor’s degree program aimed at preparing IT professionals for roles in the growing field of data management and analytics. The Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics is designed for experienced IT professionals seeking a bachelor’s degree and industry certifications to advance their careers. Developed in collaboration with industry and academic experts, the B.S. in Data Management/Data Analytics program is online and competency-based, which allows students to study and Read more…

Databricks Announces General Availability of Community Edition

Jun 8, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 8 — Databricks, the company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, has announced the General Availability of Databricks Community Edition (DCE), a free version of the just-in-time data platform built on top of open source Apache Spark, at Spark Summit 2016. DCE is accessible to all users today to learn Apache Spark quickly and easily with no infrastructure headaches. The announcement comes just four months after the beta launch of Databricks Community Edition at Spark Summit East in New York. Read more…

New Kitware Project to Simplify Big Data Management

Jun 2, 2016 |

June 2 — Kitware announced plans to kick off development tomorrow on a Phase II Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research project to simplify Big Data management. For the project, Kitware looks to extend GoBig, its open-source software system that provides Big Data analysts with access to a range of computing resources through a unified interface. “The computational power of the current technological landscape is unprecedented, and Big Data is more complex than ever,” Jeff Baumes, an assistant director of Read more…

DataScience and the NSF’s West Big Data Innovation Hub to Host Workshop

May 31, 2016 |

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 31 —  DataScience, Inc., a data analytics company, announced it is collaborating with The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) West Big Data Innovation Hub to host a workshop on ‘The Science of Data-Driven Storytelling’ June 16, 2016. The one-day event, held at DataScience’s new Los Angeles headquarters, brings together thought leaders in academia, government, publishing, and technology industries to discuss how to create and promote impactful data-driven stories. The workshop will feature breakout sessions for hands-on learning and presentations from industry Read more…