Unstructured Data News, Articles, & Education

Open Data v. The NSA

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by Angela Guess J.J. McCorvey of Fast Company recently wrote, “In Fast Company’s September issue, we take a look at innovators who are using smart, mostly tech-driven strategies to help municipalities solve problems that simply shouldn’t exist in the digital age. Steve VanRoekel, chief information officer at the White House (and former Microsoft executive) is no…

DATAVERSITY’s Hottest Content Summer of 2013

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by Shannon Kempe Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere and we’re half way through 2013. We at DATAVERSITY thought we would appreciate the moment to list what’s been hot on DATAVERSITY so far this year. Top 2013 Blogs 7 Tips for Staying Relevant and Valued as a Data Modeler The Evolution of the Chief…

The Netherlands Fight Flooding with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Ben Rooney of the Wall Street Journal reports, “Given that two-thirds of the population of The Netherlands lives in flood-prone areas and the country has 16,496 kilometers (10,250 miles) of dikes, it is not surprising that the Dutch have something of a close relationship with water. IBM Inc. has just landed a €1…

Data & Design: Better Together

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by Angela Guess Mark Hansen of the New York Times recently wrote, “From a speedometer to a weather map to a stock chart, we routinely interpret and act on data displayed visually. With a few exceptions, data has no natural ‘look,’ no natural ‘visualization,’ and choices have to be made about how it should be…

New Juniper Research Report on Mobile Data

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by Angela Guess According to Juniper Research, “A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that almost 50% of data traffic generated by mobile phones, tablets and other 3G/4G connected devices, will be offloaded to Wi-Fi and Small Cell networks this year. This is equivalent to 10 billion movie downloads or 9,000 petabytes (PB) per year being offloaded…

The Spies of Silicon Valley?

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by Angela Guess Michael Hirsh of Quartz recently wrote, “Some of America’s biggest social media and tech companies have been denying in recent days that they were aware of the National Security Agency’s recently-exposed ‘PRISM’ and telephone monitoring programs. But these denials obscure a larger truth: The government’s massive data collection and surveillance system was…

The Data Governance Lessons Coming Out of the US Data Surveillance Program

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by Angela Guess Justin Kern of Information Management recently reported, “In the background of ongoing revelations and fallout from a federal contractor leaking what are reportedly U.S. government scans of loads of private citizen phone data are enterprise lessons on approaching advanced analytics, big data and public information projects, according to industry experts. The personal data privacy…

Big Data v. Mother Nature

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by Angela Guess Chris Morris of CNBC reports, “Just a few years ago, meteorologists regularly shared an inside joke about forecasts: Anything beyond three days is a guess. But on the heels of this week’s disastrous tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and last October’s Hurricane Sandy, it has never been more critical to be able to forecast long range…

Banks Cashing In With Data Mining

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by Angela Guess Mindy Powers recently wrote an article for Forbes stating, “Across industries, organizations are collecting and using large sets of data to get a leg up on the competition. One industry that has been particularly aggressive at harnessing the power of data is the banking business. And it’s no wonder. In 2009, the…

IBM Unveils Watson Engagement Advisor

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by Angela Guess IBM recently announced, “Ushering in a new era of cognitive computing systems, IBM today unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales. Now businesses…