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Researchers Use Deep Learning to Plow Through NASA Snow Radar Data

From 2009 through 2019, NASA’s Operation IceBridge sent out observation flights over the Arctic, Antarctic, and Alaska. Those 11 years of flights produced detailed data on the dimensions and fluxes of snow, sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets thanks to a medley of radar, lasers, cameras, gravimeters, magnetometers, and other instruments. Read more…

PG&E Deploys Palantir’s Foundry Platform

Pacific Gas and Electric, the embattled California utility plaguing its customers with rolling blackouts and other indignities, is turning to data integration and analytics giant Palantir Technologies to help restore safety and reliability to the Golden State’s crumbling utility infrastructure. Read more…

Update: Elastic Shifts Licensing Terms, Citing Amazon Moves

Elastic is modifying its licensing arrangements for source code underlying Elasticsearch and Kibana, creating a dual framework that the company insists will maintain access and collaboration within the open source efforts.

The licensing shift stems from a dispute with Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: Read more…

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The Different Approaches to “T” in ELT and What’s Required to Drive Mass Adoption

Much has been written about the shift from ETL to ELT and how ELT enables superior speed and agility for modern analytics. One important move to support this speed and agility is creating a workflow that enables data transformation to be exploratory and iterative. Read more…

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2021: The Year of the Feature Store

Don’t look now, but feature stores–systems for developing, maintaining, and monitoring the data features used by machine learning algorithms for training and inference–are popping up all around us. Amazon Web Services rolled out a feature store last month, and Splice Machine unveiled its offering today, and more are expected to join the race. Read more…

Octopai Brings ETL Reverse-Engineering Tool to Azure Data Factory

If you want to make good data-driven decisions, it’s critical for your data to be as accurate as possible. But ensuring the accuracy of data can be a difficult task in large enterprise environments with thousands of combinations of data sources, transformations, tables, and reports. Read more…

Data Management Self Service is Key for Data Engineers–And Their Business

In a post-COVID-19 world, remote access has rapidly emerged as the new normal, for every organization. The shift to a remote-first world was already well underway. In fact, in 2019, 54% of U.S. workers reported working remotely at least once per month.  Read more…

Building Monster Mash-Ups: How Data as a Service Can Crystallize Analytics

The chances are that if you’re reading this you have heard the phrase “Data is the new oil,” coined by Clive Humby, the British mathematician and architect of early supermarket loyalty rewards schemes. Although it’s become a cliché, it’s an even more appropriate phrase than you might think. Read more…

AI-Powered, Wearable-Enabled COVID-19 Screening Solution Begins Validation

Despite millions of tests per day, the United States remains mired in the darkest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands of daily deaths and rising case numbers. One heavy-hitter contributor to this crisis is COVID-19’s propensity for asymptomatic transmission, which medical researchers estimate may account for around 59% of all COVID-19 transmission. Read more…

Why AI Has Yet to Deliver on Promises in Healthcare

We’ve reached the point where computer vision and natural language processing (NLP) programs can match, and in some cases exceed, the capabilities of humans. In some medical specialties, such as radiology, AI stands ready to provide the diagnostic expertise that medical schools cannot. Read more…

Aerospike’s Presto Connector Goes Live

Aerospike’s connector to the Presto SQL query engine is transitioning from beta to general availability, the real-time NoSQL database vendor said this week.

Presto, the highly parallel and distributed SQL query engine, was originally developed at Facebook (NASDAQ: Read more…

A Virtual Ride Along with John Deere at CES

CES is virtual this year, thanks to the novel coronavirus that doesn’t feel so novel anymore. But that didn’t stop John Deere from showing off its latest farming implements, which are trending heavily towards mass data collection and analysis. Read more…

Feature Store Startup Gets a VC Boost

Open source versions of feature stores are emerging that are designed help data scientists avoid reinventing the wheel. One feature store startup is attracting investors by adding a computing layer billed as helping to accelerate enterprise access to AI and advanced analytics. Read more…

Cloud Data Warehouses and Cloud Data Lakes: There’s No Need to Choose

Particularly with the industry spotlight on Snowflake following its recent IPO, there’s no shortage of discussion right now around cloud data warehouses, cloud data lakes, and how the two overlap – or don’t. For many enterprise data and analytics professionals trying to modernize to support ML and AI, there’s still a good deal of confusion on what each type of data solution offers and where the key differences lie. Read more…

Grafana Labs Pushes Open Source to the Cloud

Grafana Labs is building on its recent cloud partnership with Amazon Web Services via expanded cloud services that can be used with the Prometheus monitoring platform in an observability stack that also tracks logs and traces. Read more…

Terradepth Prepares to Fish for Subsea Big Data with Robots, Machine Learning

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 80% of the ocean “remains unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored” – despite constituting more than 70% of the planet’s surface. Now, a pair of Navy veterans are looking to change that with a line of autonomous robot vehicles that will plunge the ocean’s depths in search of big data for the company’s clients. Read more…

Cockroach Labs Is the Latest Data Unicorn

Cockroach Labs develops a distributed SQL database that’s designed to survive the type of disasters that would kill everything but the lowly cockroach. That work has now garnered it the title of unicorn, as the company today completed a $160 million round of funding at a $2 billion valuation. Read more…

Knowi Aims to ‘Elevate’ Answers Within Slack

Business intelligence software company Knowi today launched Elevate, a new offering that’s designed to help non-technical users ask questions of data through the company’s unified analytics platform. The software uses natural language processing (NLP) and works within Slack, providing a Google-like experience atop a variety of disparate data sources. Read more…

CDO: The Disrupter in Chief

“Disrupt, or be disrupted.” That’s the rallying cry of commerce in the 21st century, and big data is the materiel that battles will be fought with. Companies increasingly are turning to chief data officers (CDOs) to become the generals for defining and executing the big data strategies that will enable them to fight off disruptions, and become disrupters themselves. Read more…

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