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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…

Finding the Right Path for Your Data Science Education

May 5, 2016 |

When it comes to learning data science, there’s no shortage of options available. You can pick up a book, read articles on the Web, or participate in a massively open online course (MOOC). Or, if you desire a more structured approach, you can take a six-month boot camps or even apply to a two-year degree programs. So which one should you choose? Like most things in life, there are no hard and fast rules, and what works well for one Read more…

GPU-Powered Deep Learning Emerges to Carry Big Data Torch Forward

Apr 13, 2016 |

The big data analytic ecosystem has matured over the last few years to the point where techniques such as machine learning don’t seem as exotic as they once were. In fact, consumers have even come to expect their products and services to be adaptive to their behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of machine learning. As we look to the future, the field of deep learning on GPUs is poised to carry the big data analytics torch forward into Read more…

Inside the Panama Papers: How Cloud Analytics Made It All Possible

Apr 7, 2016 |

In late 2014, an anonymous person offered to send a German journalist 11.5 million encrypted documents detailing the structure of offshore business entities created and managed by a Panamanian law firm in the world’s most notorious tax havens. The massive data set was simply too big for one reporter to comprehend. But thanks to the power of big data analytics running in the cloud, a large team of journalists started piecing it together. This is the story of how the Read more…

For Data Scientists, What’s in a Name Really Matters

Mar 29, 2016 |

Shakespeare once pondered the nature of names, pointing out that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” For data scientists, the meaning behind the title is not just an epistemological exercise, but a practical problem that has consequences upon that delicate dance between employer and employee. The data scientist shortage is having all kinds of impacts on how organizations approach big data projects. As we explored in the previous story in this series, the shortage is leading many Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Data Literacy Campaign Takes Long View

May 18, 2016 |

Among the growing number of initiatives designed to fill the data science skills gap is a “data literacy” campaign designed to emphasize analytical skills as early as elementary school. These grass-roots efforts aim to develop the next generation of data scientists much as STEM curricula seeks to train future engineers. Educators and data analysts met recently during a workshop at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., to explore the nature of data literacy and how analytical thinking can Read more…

Skills Gap Also Includes ‘Failure to Communicate’

May 17, 2016 |

The data science skills gap continues to widen, with emerging automation tools like machine learning only just now starting to take up some of the slack. PayScale, the online salary database, released a report Tuesday (May 17) on the state of the “skills economy” that ranks data analytics, programming and cloud computing skills among the most sought-after by U.S. employers. Nevertheless, the skills survey also highlights a continuing lack of writing and other communications skills among recent college graduate along Read more…

Exascale Storage Targets Big Data Archives

Apr 21, 2016 |

With exascale computing comes the requirement for exascale storage. Such a storage platform has emerged in the form of what is touted as the largest capacity tape storage library aimed initially at media and entertainment companies but also targeting HPC applications. Spectra Logic of Boulder, Colo., unveiled its exascale tape storage system at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show—hence, the media emphasis. However, Spectra Logic has previously worked with NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division at its Ames Research Read more…

Matchmaker Vets Data Scientists as Talent Gap Widens

Apr 6, 2016 |

A company that creates standards for evaluating data skills has launched a matchmaking service connecting qualified data scientists with potential employers. Addressing the growing shortage of data scientists at a time when tool vendors are striving to make analytics tools easier to use, matchmaker Correlation One said its new vetting service is based on its proprietary suite of tests. The company provides a “report card” to prospective employers to help them evaluate potential candidates. The service seeks to take advantage Read more…

This Just In

South Big Data Hub Links Talented Students With Tech Startups Through New Program

May 26, 2016 |

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 26 — Graduate students from six universities in the southern U.S. will spend the summer working on data challenges important to the success of new and growing technology companies thanks to a program called the Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science (DataStart). DataStart interns will address a wide range of data-related business problems, including spotting trends in the diversity of people included in clinical trials, developing methods for using sensor data to detect loads on wind Read more…

Tableau Announces New Data Analytics Learning Partnerships

May 17, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., May 17 — Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) announced today new partnerships aimed at helping people more easily acquire data analysis skills needed for today’s workforce. Lynda.com, a LinkedIn company, is a leader in online learning with over 4,400 courses in business, technology and creative categories, and Pluralsight, a global leader in online learning for more than three million technology professionals, have partnered with Tableau to train virtually anyone in data analytics. In addition, Tableau is partnering with Udacity, an online education company Read more…

Virtual Reality Tools Could Bring Big Data to Life for University of Wisconsin Data Science Students

May 16, 2016 |

MADISON, Wis., May 16 — Soon, students in University of Wisconsin data science courses might be putting on virtual reality headsets and bracing themselves for a spectacular ride through mountains of data. The courses are part of the online Master of Data Science degree program offered by UW-Extension in collaboration with six UW campuses. Ryan Martinez, an instructional designer for UW-Extension, sees both a need and an opportunity to make Big Data come to life in a way that can dramatically change people’s behavior. His Read more…

Seminole County Public Schools Speed Data Access With NetApp

May 13, 2016 |

May 13 — “Becoming a premier educational system and a national model of excellence takes both dedication and technology. We realized that to achieve our goals, we needed to transform and upgrade our existing infrastructure,” said Tom Condo, supervisor of IS Operations at Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). “Using NetApp FAS8040HA storage and AltaVault backup-to-cloud solutions we now provide nonstop data access and fast application response to more than 40 departments, from Digital Learning and Dining Services to Payroll and Security Read more…

Keynote Speakers Announced for Leverage Big Data 2016 Summit on “Establishing ROI in the Big Data Frontier”

May 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5 — The Leverage Big Data 2016 summit, the market-leading, live hosted summit aimed at exploring the panoply of Big Data phenomena and how businesses are leveraging these technologies to establish ROI, today announced the final lineup of end-user speakers for its summit program aimed at arming senior technology business executives in cross-vertical corporate organizations with practical knowledge on everything from streaming analytics, real time data, data integration and governance to storage and compute. Leverage Big Data Read more…