As I write this column, I am at my office on Main Street in San Francisco. When I’m done here, I’ll head back to my house in the Richmond District to pick up some luggage as I head to SFO. Then I’m off to JFK, my hotel in Midtown, 10 [...]
Europe needs to pursue a different strategy from Silicon Valley if it is going to reap the social and economic benefits of big data, according to Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich, who aims to create an open, real-time data stream from the Internet of Things.
dby Jelani Harper Trends in the Data Management space tend to emerge rapidly and mature slowly. Those that will most impact the way that Data Management is conducted throughout the coming months are explored below. These capabilities for managing data effectively represent the maturation of a number of different technologies, platforms, and capabilities that will pave the way for how this field is practiced.
The whole "Internet of Things" theme reached a fever pitch at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Many of the big tech players are trying to become the platform for how to connect together the growing list of devices with wireless technology inside of them--everything from your car to your thermostat. Google's [...]
Big data is moving on. We’re moving past the stage where it’s something only trailblazers and early adopters are on board with, towards a time when if you aren’t analyzing data to help you make better business decisions, you’re in danger of being left behind.
This year marks the 42nd Canadian federal election. In the current political context, it is generally understood that information is power. However, this data is only made powerful when it can be properly cultivated, analyzed and shared with people w...
The landscape of data gathering and analysis is rapidly changing as the amount of data generated in conjunction with data sources and means of extracting data continues to accelerate. One of the key issues is how to most efficiently and effectively realize value from this seemingly boundless sea of unstructured (Big) data.
What could be more important than keeping the pulse of the planet as a whole?
There is an opportunity for us to use this same insatiable desire to collect data for another good: environmental monitoring. Similar devices, equipped with environmental monitoring sensors such as temperature, carbon, or chemicals in the air or water can give us unprecedented information about a location’s, region’s or the planet’s overall health. In the event of an environmental disaster like a major spill, nuclear accident or volcanic eruption, we could have an instant characterization of short- and long-term impacts of that disaster on its surroundings. What could be more important than keeping the pulse of the planet as a whole? We may be able to derive more health benefits from such data than from personal monitoring. If you live in downtown Beijing, knowing about the quality of the air you breathe and the water you drink may help more with making health choices than any amount of monitored exercise. ...
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