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Analyzing Video, the Biggest Data of Them All

May 26, 2016 |

Video data is the fastest growing data type on the Internet, and arguably one of the fastest growing period. Thanks to a proliferation of high-definition video cameras, the volume of video data is exploding. While Web-based delivery of video for entertainment purposes is projected to become a $100 billion industry unto its own, another big opportunity revolves around video analytics. We’re in the midst of a hockey-stick like curve with respect to the growth of video data. Consider that, in Read more…

Why Winning Politics Is Now Tied to Big Data Analytics

May 10, 2016 |

One of the storylines in this year’s presidential election is how both major political parties are using big data analytics to inform their decisions and try to get ahead. But what you may not realize is how pervasive big data has become up and down the ticket. Here’s an inside look at how two of the leading analytic firms are helping their parties win with analytics. In the last two general elections, the capability of Barack Obama’s campaign team to Read more…

Why ONI May Be Our Best Hope for Cyber Security Now

May 9, 2016 |

Huge volume of network data has made it all but impossible for the good guys to detect new security threats, which has created space for the bad guys to operate. But thanks to a new Apache big data project called Open Network Insight (ONI), the good guys now have a powerful way to cut through the noise and identify bad guys and their malicious schemes. Cybersecurity is very much an arms race. When the bad guys get too far ahead, Read more…

A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, Read more…

SnappyData Gets Funded for Spark-GemFire Combo

Apr 27, 2016 |

SnappyData today announced it has received $3.65 million in Series A funding to build a business around its real-time analytics platform that combines Apache Spark, Pivotal’s GemFire data grid, and an innovative data approximation method that makes big data more manageable. SnappyData was spun out of Pivotal earlier this year to pursue development of its technology platform, which essentially combines the data manipulation capabilities of Apache Spark and Spark Streaming, the in-memory persistence of the GemFire’s data grid, and an 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…

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…

Economists See Role For Data in Battling Drought

Apr 19, 2016 |

As data lakes grow wider and deeper while drought persists in large sections of the American West, economists and other big thinkers are considering how to use big data to get a handle on the increasingly precious commodity: fresh water. One possible big data application proposed by social scientists is leveraging existing statistical and analytical tools along with databases traditionally used to track customer demand to gauge water usage. Based on demand, water districts could for example use those insights Read more…

Storage Approach Mimics DNA in Fossils

Apr 11, 2016 |

Researchers in Switzerland focusing on biological storage mechanisms say they have demonstrated a way to store and retrieve data in the form of genetic material. Investigators at ETH Zurich sought to leverage DNA’s ability to store large amounts of information in a compact way while overcoming errors encountered in retrieving data due to chemical degradation and mistakes in DNA sequencing. To overcome gaps and false information in encoded data, they encapsulated segments of DNA where information was stored in silica, Read more…

This Just In

Ace Computers Rolls Out Big Data HPC Clusters for the Military and Government

May 24, 2016 |

May 24 — Ace Computers and its affiliate Ace Technology Partners just introduced Big Data HPC clusters designed for the unique demands of public sector applications. For federal, state, and local governments and military organizations such as the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, the ability to organize and analyze disparate data quickly and accurately can be key to staying on top of logistical, tactical, and security challenges and staying within budget. Right now, there are three primary factors driving Read more…

Tamr Offers Free Software License and Data Science Expertise to White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

Mar 22, 2016 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 22 — Tamr, Inc. today announced that it will extend its next-generation data preparation platform and data science expertise to assist researchers affiliated with the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The Task Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, seeks to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer by clearing out many of the bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of scientific research. According to Vice President Biden, one of the biggest challenges Read more…

Zoomdata Launches Federal Program for Big Data Visual Analytics

Mar 15, 2016 |

March 15 — Zoomdata, developers of one of the world’s fastest visual analytics solution for big data, today announced the launch of its new federal program, designed with leading technology and professional services partners to help government agencies capitalize on the enormous amounts of data they generate and collect. This data, whether generated from civilian, logistics, research or military programs, is increasingly being stored in modern data sources on premises or in the cloud. Since inception, Zoomdata has been architected to Read more…

Ascolta Partners With Atigeo

Feb 3, 2016 |

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 3 — Ascolta, an advanced analytics company focused on cyber threat assessment, announced today that it is partnering with Atigeo. Together the companies will leverage their combined expertise and capabilities in big data analytics and cyber security to better serve the U.S. Department of Defense, federal government and major enterprise organizations. “Ascolta is proud to partner with Atigeo to deliver the next generation of cyber readiness and threat discovery and deterrence to our combined customers,” said Richard Breakiron, Read more…

Research and Markets Adds New Big Data Report to Offering

Jan 28, 2016 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Big Data in Leading Industry Verticals: Retail, Insurance, Healthcare, Government, and Manufacturing 2015 – 2020” report to their offering. There are certain sectors that are early adopters of Big Data and Analytics and expect to be big beneficiaries of advancing solutions. This comprehensive research offering includes detailed analysis, insights, and forecast for 2015 – 2020 for the following industries: Retail Insurance Healthcare Government Manufacturing This research evaluates unique problems in each industry, Read more…