big data

Machine learning molds the material world

December 18, 2014
Computational modeling has revolutionized all branches of the physical sciences, engineering and design. Leading-edge work in these fields is pushing new computational frontiers at nano scales. Computation-centric methods allow researchers to model, simulate and assess a much wider array of options far more rapidly than old-fashioned physical techniques. However, the incredible productivity of computational prototyping carries a downside: far more candidate molecules can be simulated than can reasonably be assessed by human researchers. The bottom line is that when you build bigger haystacks, you need more powerful tools for finding the golden needles that may be buried deep within.  Read More

The data behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

December 18, 2014
This past summer we witnessed an incredible phenomenon seemingly capturing the world by storm: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Facebook estimates 28 million people posted about ALS between June 1 and August 28, including comments and tags. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: David M. Lawson

December 16, 2014
“As you dig deeper into unstructured data where feelings, emotions and other often messy information reside, you have to embrace qualitative metrics which don’t fit neatly into traditional quantitative analysis,” says David M. Lawson, co-founder & CEO of NewSci, LLC and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero. Read More

Big data and the power of positive curation

December 11, 2014
Curation addresses a purpose that stewardship never has in the data analytic governance context. Whereas stewardship refers to data’s trustworthiness, curation addresses the quality criterion of relevance. Consequently, curators might be regarded as being responsible for a “single version of what’s worthy of your consideration.” The repositories in which curated information is kept are not usually official systems of record, but, rather, systems of insight, in the broader sense of the latter. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Jake Porway

December 9, 2014
Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that they’ve found that "cross-sector collaborations between data scientists, managers, designers, foundations, nonprofits and more are critical for really making lasting change.” When we all come together and lock elbows we can use data to really make a difference.  Read More

The age of data and opportunities

December 5, 2014
We live in the time of profound technological shifts driven by the ever-increasing availability of data. This post discusses some of the ways data and analytics are impacting our lives; it is also a call to action, to think out of the box and look for new applications and data-driven solutions. Read More

From IT drudgery to IT freedom

December 3, 2014
What are the opportunities of data refinement from the IT point of view? Does self-service data refinement devalue IT? Does it simply create more work for IT, cleaning up after business users who have run amuck? Read More

Are you the servant or master of your analytics?

December 1, 2014
Analytics can deliver significant benefits, and a significant competitive advantage, if used together with a clear vision and an aligned business strategy. As markets evolve and customer behavior changes, the analytical models and the way analytics is being used  needs to adapt and change. Read More

SQL-on-Hadoop: Who leads the herd?

December 1, 2014
SQL-on-Hadoop is a hot topic. As organizations increasingly leverage Hadoop to gain new capabilities and lower costs, it only makes sense that they would seek to leverage technologies compatible with what they have. Few technologies are as ubiquitous as the structured query language when it comes to data access and information management. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Ben Snyman

November 25, 2014
“Roof stability and effective support is quite a challenge,” declares Ben Snyman, VP of Underground Mining and Smart Services at Joy Global and this week’s Big Data Hero. “If the roof has a problem, production halts. We cannot afford to wait around for a report telling us there is a problem. Read More

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