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April DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

We are just wrapping up our first event of the year, Enterprise Data World 2015 Conference & Expo (#EDW15) held this year in Washington, DC. It was a sold out event with more attendees than ever before in our 19th year. Despite some renovations happening at the venue, the attendees raved about the agenda of…

Data is Neutral. What You Say About It Isn’t.

Bree Baich

by Bree Baich Storytelling is part of our natural dialog. Think about how often you’ve said something similar to the following: [Sarcastically] “What’s his story?” [Confused] “I don’t know the whole story, I need more information.” [With conviction] “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!” Yet, ask someone to tell you a story with…

A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted

cathy nolan new

by Cathy Nolan This proverb which goes back to at least the 16th Century is appropriate any time of year, but since we designate a day for fools in April, it’s a good time to think about the ways we can avoid being foolish with our online privacy and ultimately our money. Consider these tales…

Data Science and Data Storytelling: Friend or Foe?

Kimberly Nevala

by Kimberly Nevala Here’s the conundrum. Our ability to influence change is proportional to our ability to alter people’s perceptions and motivate action. Generally, doing so requires evidence. But our ability to provide convincing evidence is, paradoxically, often stymied by the inscrutable analytic methods which generate that evidence. Not to mention the nature of the…

Value your Customer Data as a Business Asset

Martin Doyle

by Martin Doyle Private data is now a very public issue. For the first time in history, people recognise that businesses store their information and they want to know how – and why. They want to know why websites need their email address so badly, and they understand that private photos can be hacked. Privacy…

Framing the Data-Science Narrative through Spatial Composition

James Kobielus

by James Kobielus Data scientists are storytellers who use strictly fact-based numbers, pictures, and words to achieve their desired outcomes. But these data-science “story elements,” as it were, don’t do this simply by jumping onto the screen in any old order. Instead, their arrangement in space, and to a lesser extent, in time, can all…

Database Archaeology

Michael Blaha

by Michael Blaha Few database projects start with a clean slate. Many operational applications have legacy databases as a source of data and ideas. Analytical applications have the operational databases that are feeding data. Developers often encounter existing databases that are poorly documented and need to figure them out. We use the term database archaeology…

Big Data Insights from Wearable Tech

Jonathan Buckley

by Jonathan Buckley How much sleep did you actually get last night? How many miles did you walk last week? Who cares? Well, suddenly lots of people actually. There’s enough of a fitness focus these days that companies are rolling out innovative wristbands that give greater insights into how active we are. Manufacturers like Jawbone…

Big Data – Why the hype?

Sue Photo

by Sue Geuens We all know that data has been “big” for many years, so why now is there this concerted effort and discussion around it. I believe it is because organisations are beginning to realize that they have a lot of information about almost everything they do that could give them a better insight…