Tag Archive for open data

A Chat with the White House’s First Chief Data Scientist

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by Angela Guess Amrita Jayakumar recently wrote for the Washington Post, “DJ Patil, who was named the nation’s first chief data scientist last month, shares credit for coining the term “data science.” He is the latest Silicon Valley transplant to join the Obama administration, working under former Google executive Megan Smith, the White House’s chief…

How is Big, Open Data Transforming the University?

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by Angela Guess Not-for-profit organization Zocalo Public Square recently wrote in TIME, “Free online courses, crowdsourcing, and big data are transforming the university from a gatekeeper to a public resource. In 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it was going to put the university’s entire body of course materials online, for free. That meant…

A Look Inside the Open Data Platform Debate

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by Angela Guess Jeff Kelly recently wrote for Wikibon Premium, “The creation of the Open Data Platform has resulted in a pretty vigorous debate among industry players about the need (or not) for such an industry consortium to help speed Hadoop adoption in the enterprise. Rather than take up a lot of space detailing the…

CrowdFlower Launches New Open Data Initiative and Releases the World’s Largest Human-Curated Data Repository

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by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “CrowdFlower (www.crowdflower.com), the leading data enrichment platform for data scientists, today announced Data for Everyone (http://www.crowdflower.com/data-for-everyone), a new open data initiative that gives public access to thousands of dollars’ worth of Rich Data that is fully deduped, organized and cleaned by CrowdFlower’s people-powered platform…

How and Why to Overcome Big Government Data Privacy Concerns

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by Angela Guess Caron Beesley of Business 2 Community reports, “Driven by potentially compelling outcomes, big government data is growing. A 2013 study of federal IT officials by the TechAmerica Foundation, for example, found that big data delivers many benefits, including: (1) Budget cuts and tax savings: Real-time analytics can help the government cut at…

What France’s First CDO is Doing to Improve Open Data and Data Governance

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by Angela Guess Marine Gossa of the London School of Economics recently wrote, “Working under the Prime Minister’s direct orders and within the Ministry for Public Action Modernization, [France’s Chief Data Officer Henri] Verdier has two main challenges to face in coordinating public data collection and use: enhancing the State’s accountability (open data) and efficiency…

Elsevier Set to Launch an Open Access Journal Covering All Topics

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by Angela Guess Research Information reports, “Elsevier is preparing to collaborate with the research community to develop an open-access journal covering all disciplines on one platform, with the aim of enabling ‘continual experimentation and innovation’. The publisher says plans include improving the end-to-end publishing process and integrating its smart technologies to improve search and discovery.…

Big Data Can Support Sustainable Development Around the World

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by Angela Guess Thiemo Fetzer and Amadou Sy of the Africa in Focus blog recently wrote, “There is a lot of hope around the potential of Big Data—massive volumes of data (such as cell phone GPS signals, social media posts, online digital pictures and videos, and transaction records of online purchases) that are large and…

Big Data’s Impact: Trends to Look For Over the Coming Year

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by Angela Guess Deven Parekh of Insight Venture Partners recently shared five ways big data will impact our lives in 2015 with Tech Crunch. He worries about Big Data terrorism: “The recent Sony hacking case is notable because it appears to potentially be the first state-sponsored act of cyber-terrorism where a company has been successfully…