Tag: big data

UK Regulators Seek to Balance Big Data, Privacy

Jul 29, 2014 |

As concerns grow over how companies collect and use personal data, a UK regulator has issued guidelines for how companies leveraging big data must operate under Britain’s data protection law. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office recently released a report on July 28 that seeks a balance between operating within Britain’s Data Protection Act of 1998 without slowing data innovation. The report acknowledges that big data analytics frequently focus on areas other than the collection and use of personal data. It Read more…

Survey: Variety, Not Volume, Stymies Data Scientists

Jul 1, 2014 |

Diverse data types, not just the volume of data, is the biggest challenge faced by data scientists, according to a new survey of big data practitioners. One consequence, warns the survey by computational database specialist Paradigm4, is that data variety is causing frustrated scientists to “leave data on the table.” Of the 111 data scientists responding to the survey, fully 71 percent said big data made analytics more difficult. Data variety rather than volume was most often cited as the Read more…

Want Net-New Revenue? Get Your Big Data Analytics to Go Real Time

Jul 1, 2014 |

Data volumes have been growing for decades, and that’s not slowing down any time soon. According to an IDG survey, it’s expected to increase 76 percent within the next 12-18 months. From the C-suite, big data first looked like just the same ol’ data, only more of it. And while growth in data volumes has its challenges, solving data management issues isn’t something to make CEOs hearts race–they’re happy to let IT take care of it. But now, with the Read more…

Navy Launches Big Data ‘Ecosystem’ Effort

Jun 27, 2014 |

Like most government agencies, the Defense Department is struggling to gets its arms –and armaments – around big data. One branch of the services, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is attempting to take a comprehensive approach to the question of how to take advantage of advanced analytics and “data science” by soliciting white papers from industry on ways to develop a “Naval Big Data Ecosystem.” The call for proposals signals that the military is beginning to embrace commercial solutions to Read more…

Big Data Forcing Update of SQL Standard

Jun 25, 2014 |

A proposed standard would extend the SQL database language to accommodate multidimensional “data cubes” generated by scientists and engineers. The effort promises to launch a new technology dubbed “array databases.” Proponents of the new standard, dubbed SQL/MDA, for “multidimensional array,” said it is needed because big data in science and engineering is structured differently from, say, business data often structured as simple tables. Multidimensional big data includes sensor outputs, imagery, simulations and statistical data. The proposed International Organization for Standards Read more…

Cloudera, Dell, Intel Target ‘Big Data Ecosystem’

Jun 24, 2014 |

Cloudera, Dell and Intel said they plan to launch dedicated Dell In-Memory Appliances for the Cloudera Enterprise as a way to boost real-time analytics performance. The partners said the goal of the engineering partnership is to advance enterprise deployments of Apache Hadoop as well as to integrate hardware and software to help enterprises leverage advanced data analysis. The latter would be enabled through incorporation of real-time data streams into customers’ applications. The partners said the initial effort would be the Read more…

IBM Presides Over ‘Marriages Made with Data’

Jun 11, 2014 |

Just when it seemed all the possible marketing applications of big data analytics were exhausted, one of India’s “leading matrimony portals,” announced it is using IBM big data technologies “to match potential partners faster.” “We are the gateway to Happy Marriages,” the Matrimony.com site declares. India’s “signature internet conglomerate” also operates AssistedMatrimony.com, EliteMatrimony.com, CommunityMatrimony.com and MatrimonyGifts.com. The partners promise matrimonial bliss through “marriages made with data.” The Indian matchmaker claims 8,000 new members a day. As for results, it further Read more…

Climate Data Being Analyzed to Predict California Droughts

Jun 10, 2014 |

California’s prolonged drought and the threat it poses to the Golden State’s huge agricultural sector has prompted some technology companies to harness big data as a way of gauge future water supplies across the parched state. Meanwhile, a new NASA climate probe is expected to generate a database of information about the Earth’s carbon sinks and emissions. The climate situation on the U.S. West Coast is becoming so dire that California’s Central Valley is even experiencing declines in a local Read more…

Big Data is the New Engine of the Internet

Jun 5, 2014 |

Mobile devices and expanding networks of sensors are generating huge amounts of data that are increasingly searchable and can be shared to discern patterns and, potentially, to solve problems, according to an annual report on the state of the Internet. The “Internet Trends 2014″ survey by Mary Meeker, an analyst with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield, Byers, also asserts that the “mining [of a] rising amount of data has the potential to yield patterns that help solve basic, previously Read more…

Data Brokers Coming Under Scrutiny

Jun 3, 2014 |

Federal regulators are urging Congress to crack down on data brokers who collect and sell personal information without consumers’ knowledge. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned in a recent report that there is a “fundamental lack of transparency” among companies that trade in consumer data. The report urged lawmakers to provide consumers with new tools to protect their data. An industry group representing data brokers disputed the agency’s warnings. The report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability,” adds Read more…