Unstructured Data News, Articles, & Education

Is Big Data Changing What We Eat?

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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

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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

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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…

IBM & Deutsche Telekom Working Toward Smarter Cities

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by Angela Guess David Meyer of GigaOM reports, “IBM and Deutsche Telekom, the carrier behind the T-Mobile brand, are to work together on creating smart city systems, the companies have announced. The smart city concept, which is closely related to the ‘internet of things’, is reliant on pervasive connectivity, drawing on what has traditionally been known as…

The Big Data Challenges Facing Facebook’s Graph Search Team

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by Angela Guess Zach Miners of Network World reports, “Facebook’s engineers have many challenges ahead of them as they work to scale up Graph Search, the sites new social search tool. One stumbling block: an over-abundance of data to sift through. Take the example of searching for Japanese restaurants in New York City liked by…

Saving Lives with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Derek Klobucher of Forbes reports, “Big Data can be a life saver, figuratively and literally. We’ve all heard about how Big Data can save time and money, but 87 percent of federal IT officials think that real-time Big Data could save a significant number of lives each year. But changes in strategy,…

Big Data and the White House

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by Angela Guess J. Nicholas Hoover of Information Week reports, “Petabytes of information are accumulating across government: military veterans’ genomics data, climate records dating to the 16th century, years worth of stock trades and even the results of particle physics experiments. The era of big data has arrived in government just as it has in…

Sharing Big Data Research Across the Earth Sciences

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by Angela Guess Katharine Gammon of EarthZine reports, “An avalanche of big data has descended on the field of Earth sciences, and researchers are increasingly turning to novel ways of integrating, assimilating and interpreting those data to better understand the field. EarthCube — described as a cyber-infrastructure for the next generation of geoscience — is trying…

Tracking the Flu with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Nic Halverson of Discovery.com recently discussed how Big Data is being used to track this year’s flu. He writes, “As one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, things have gotten so bad in Beantown that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency. So far, 18 people have died and…

How Google Now is Utilizing Big Data

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by Angela Guess MIKE2.0 has posted an article on the Smart Data Collective regarding Google Now and Big Data. According to the article, “Few companies manage information better than Google. If there were an annual award for corporate information management (IM), I’m sure that Google would have won it–or had been in the top three–over the…