How Can the Chief Data Officer Facilitate Data Literacy and Data Democracy?

“Data Literacy: It’s all about how to get people in an organization engaged so that they can make decisions and take actions that can collectively drive better decision-making,” said Harald Smith, Director of Product Management at Syncsort. Smith is a strong proponent of Data Democracy. “Data Democratization” is the idea that digital information should be […]

Building an Effective Data Science Team

Dr. Cindi Thompson considers Data Scientists to be raccoons: “Raccoons are both smart and dangerous, and that’s kind of the way we think about Data Scientists.” Speaking at the DATAVERSITY® Enterprise Analytics Online 2017 Conference, in her presentation titled “How to Get the Most Value from Data Science Teams” Thompson said, “Raccoons have that desire […]

Case Study: Data Virtualization Seasons the Machine Learning and Blockchain Landscape for McCormick

Food flavoring giant McCormick is spicing things by adopting Data Virtualization for a number of its key projects including the deployment of Machine Learning techniques and a Blockchain collaboration program with a prominent retailer as part of a plan to better control food quality. In a recent DATAVERSITY® interview with Terry Moon, an Information Architect […]

Presidents and Stock Markets with R

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. My suburban Chicago neighbors and I were at it again, discussing politics, the economy, and the stock market at an end-of-summer barbecue. Though there’s little support for the current POTUS, the group is differentiated red from blue economically, and discussions are generally quite lively. On the one […]

Can Automation Save Big Data?

Click to learn more about author Amar Arsikere. “What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?” The Beatles song everybody knows could also pass as the wilting rallying cry for Big Data, whose “tune” does seem out of sorts these days as more people question […]

Chicago Crime Q2, 2018 Update

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. In my April blog, I reported an update on violent crime in Chicago from January 2001 through March 2018. This is a continuation of analysis I’ve regularly conducted, born of concern for the staggering 50+% increase in Chicago homicides in 2016 from 2015, along with an only […]

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