Unstructured Data News, Articles, & Education

Big Data at the NSA

by Angela Guess Alex Williams of TechCrunch reports, “The National Security Agency (NSA) cloud is about big data and creating unicorns. And it all started when some geeks stole two servers. It makes no sense, according to conventional thinking, but these are unconventional times, and the cloud that NSA built had to be thought through…

Using Big Data to Catch Human Traffickers

by Angela Guess Bernhard Warner of Business Week reports, “Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative of all criminal enterprises. According to recent research (PDF) from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 20.9 million people have been pushed into forced labor, creating a booming $32 billion illicit trade stretching from Laos to…

What Will the Tableau IPO Do for Data Visualisation?

by Angela Guess Barb Darrow of GigaOM reports, “When Tableau Software’s IPO actually happens, it could validate — or poke a hole in — the hype bubbling up around data visualization, a market segment some experts predict will hit $51 billion within three years. Tuesday, Seattle-based Tableau filed for an IPO with an initial “placeholder” value of up to $150…

Big Data is Big Business’ Friend

by Angela Guess Quentin Hardy of the New York Times reports, “For big sellers of computer technology to business that are looking to stay relevant, there’s no friend quite like Big Data. Things like cloud computing and mobile technologies are changes in the ways that computing is done. That makes them a threat to an…

Deep Information Sciences Raises $10M for DeepDB

by Angela Guess Jordan Novet of GigaOM reports, “Investors continue to bet on databases that can handle large swaths and wide varieties of data. The latest proof point:  Deep Information Sciences on Tuesday said it has $10 million in new Series A funding to fuel what it calls a high-performing transactional and analytic database. Funding sources include…

Big Data is Aids Government, Police Departments

by Angela Guess Merrill Douglas of Government Technology reports, “Cheaper storage and more powerful analytic tools are making big data an increasingly viable concept for the public sector. Some police departments, for example, already mine high-volume, high-variety, high-velocity data sources to support predictive policing. Public officials also hope to deploy big data in public health,…

Is Big Data Changing What We Eat?

by Angela Guess Ana Andreescu of Smart Data Collective reports, “Remember the old saying, ‘You are what you eat’? Big data is changing that proposition to ‘You analyze what you eat.’ From food safety to trends in restaurant dishes, data analysis is changing the way we manufacture food, track our diets and serve our dishes.…

New York Times Creates Prototype Semantic Search Engine

by Angela Guess Andy Plesser of Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times R&D Labs has created a prototype search engine that provides Times article results with embedded links to sources outside of the paper, says Michael Zimbalist, VP for Research and Operations in this conversation with Forrester Principal Analyst Joanna O’Connell. As an example, he says the search engine…

Kickboard Raises $2M for Big Data-Powered Education Tools

by Angela Guess Tom Cheredar of Venture Beat reports, “Kickboard, a web-based school analytics platform, has closed a $2 million funding deal, the startup announced today. Kickboard allows teachers to collect, analyze, and share student information in one centralized place. This eliminates a lot of the switching between other document software, databases, and test grade…