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Twitter Takes Big Data on a Shopping Spree

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by Angela Guess Clare O’Connor of Forbes recently wrote, “Picture this: you’re scrolling through your Twitter timeline. Your eyes pan across a Promoted Tweet from a well-known apparel retailer. Let’s call it Dap Inc. A week later, you’re browsing at your local mall, where you happen upon a sale at the Dap. You emerge with a…

The Best Ways to Use Data in Local Government

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by Angela Guess Sarah Marsh of The Guardian recently wrote, “We asked experts to give their tips on making the most of data in local government. Here’s what they had to say.” Dan Herbert commented, “I love the restaurant bill analogy that Rufus Pollock uses. The data on the bill may well show a lot has…

BMW Boosts Customer Satisfaction with IBM Big Data & Analytics

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by Angela Guess According to a new article out of the company, “At the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, IBM announced today that premium car manufacturer BMW Group is deploying IBM Big Data & Analytics technology to optimize products, repairs and maintenance. The use of predictive analytics helps to detect and fix vulnerabilities before new models are launched – and long before they might…

Defining Information Architecture, Part 1

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by Clark Humphrey In past articles, we have discussed the differences between Information Architecture (IA) and Data Architecture (DA). But what is Information Architecture, really? It’s a term with many different definitions, among (and within) different areas of Information Technology. This article will discuss some of those definitions. A future article will discuss specific definitions,…

Real-Time Acoustic Processing: What It Is & What It Can Do

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by Angela Guess Jeff Bertolucci of Information Week recently wrote, “You’re jogging down a busy city street, cranking tunes on your smartphone, oblivious to the world around you. The intersection ahead looks clear, and you’re unaware of loud sirens signaling that a speeding ambulance is coming your way. But before disaster strikes, your smartphone shuts off…

What the US Department of Veterans Affairs is Doing with Linked Data

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by Angela Guess Our sister website SemanticWeb.com has put out a new podcast discussing the use of Linked Data at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eric Franzon writes, “Our podcast series, ‘Case Study Radio,’ sponsored by Zepheira, focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. In the latest episode, we speak with Ramanathan ‘R.V.’ Guha about a…

The Weather Company’s Adventures in NoSQL

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by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of Information Week recently wrote, “When this winter’s ice storms, arctic deep freezes, and nasty nor’easters hit, it provided a good time to hunker down and get some inside projects done. Weather Company CIO Bryson Koehler has been working on a big one: consolidating 13 datacenters down to four, relying extensively…

Riak’s Basho Says Goodbye to Three Top Execs

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by Angela Guess Jack Clark of The Register reports, “Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we’re assured that the upstart’s distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon…