Big Data for a World That Works
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Big Data for a World That Works
Big data has created a feeling of fear over security for many people, but big data is an opportunity to create a future that works for all.
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The Promise and Peril of Big Data

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This is an excellent insight into the plus side and the negative side of big data.  What can be done these days with all of the data that is collected is simply amazing.  But like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility".  I think that this is particularly applicable when using the data to make conclusions that effect people lives and making sure that any decision made is balanced by other sources of information. 

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Apple now powering its cloud with solar panels, fuel cells | GigaOM Tech News

Apple now powering its cloud with solar panels, fuel cells | GigaOM Tech News | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it

Apple has turned on the first halves of both its massive solar panel farm and adjacent fuel cell farm, and is using the systems to provide power for its $1 billion, 500,000 square-foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The clean power projects are some of the largest non-utility owned systems in the world, and they’re part of Apple’s plan to use 100 percent clean power for its data centers. Apple revealed the information in a new environmental report on Thursday.

 

The Maiden data center was built partly to power its iCloud services and is part of Apple’s overall plan to increasingly provide music, media and other applications from its cloud computing infrastructure. So think about it this way — when you backup your new Rihanna album, the servers that are powering it could (probably indirectly) be using fuel cell or solar power.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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I think that it is great that corporations are starting to be more responsible with their energy requirements, but it also makes sense econimically as the price of energy technologies is coming down, and the sun is free.

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A Cloud OS for the Enterprise Cloud Era - Microsoft Server and ...

A Cloud OS for the Enterprise Cloud Era - Microsoft Server and ... | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Over the last few years I've had, in one meeting or another, countless discussions with my teams and colleagues about the size, shape, and impact of the Cloud. If you've been to a Microsoft event like TechEd or MMS, you've ...
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I know from personal experience that the move to more cloud centric systems has a lot of benefits for both the admistration side and the user side.  One of the largest benefits is the centralisation of administration, and obviously the major downside is internet connectivity to clients.  I think the benefits far out way the downsides.

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Access vs FileMaker

Access vs FileMaker | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Compare Database Management Systems - Access vs FileMaker.

 

In this detailed comparison, find features which are most important for you to make the best decision.


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Easy to use products for managing your data are key to leveraging your data.  Filemaker Pro and Microsoft Access are two of the best database tools available.  The review lays out pros and cons for the two products, but what is not included is the ability to access connect you database to your mobile device.  In the area Filemaker Pro comes out far ahead, in the other area which is aluded to but not specifically stated is that Filemaker Pro is by far and away easier for a beginner to learn and use and has a far less steep path to mastery than Access.  It is important to note that Access is an excellent database and is a powerful tool for user as well and should be accessed according to needs.

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Australian government releases big data issues paper

Australian government releases big data issues paper | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
The Australian government could tap data from Google, Twitter and Facebook as it seeks to embrace big data, according to an issues paper released Friday evening.
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The Australian Government wants in on the big data movement by accessing data that is collected by services such as Facebook and Google toname a few, but is this something that should raise concerns?  Not really considering that the government already collects huge amounts of information on you and me and is already leveraging that information, we should be encouraging better decision making from government and more transperancy on how they use the information instead of living in fear.  The cat is already out of the bag.

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Where do i find FREE data to create awesome infographics? - Mediaworks

Where do i find FREE data to create awesome infographics? - Mediaworks | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Find FREE data & demographic websites to make infographics that work. Loads of data sources listed! Make your clients infographics stand out and get noticed (RT @shrivvastwa: Where do i find FREE data to create awesome infographics?
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This article is great because not only does it show you quite a number of infographics but it also shows you where the data was sourced from, this allows you to see how that data is used in the infographic.

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Benefits Of Infographics For Small Business

Benefits Of Infographics For Small Business | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Benefits Of Infographics For Small Business: http://t.co/wRd0qWOKTJ
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Small business can often be left behind when it comes to marketing and general communication with their customer base.  The increase in the collection and retention of data in small businesses has created a need to deliver more visual and simple to understand messages to customers that are constantly bombarded by information.  Infographics are one way to achieve this  outcome and connect with customers.

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Hacking Projects To Use Data To Solve Hunger

Hacking Projects To Use Data To Solve Hunger | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
USAID’s stock in trade is disaster relief and "technical assistance" programs. But on a recent weekend it got down to a something more unusual: hacking.
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World hunger is seemingly insurmountable but it can be over come there are a number of organisations and people that are tackling the problem using data.  It is not all doom and gloom and the first step to solving the problem is to understand it.

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Cloud City Update Heading to 'Angry Birds Star Wars' | Touch Arcade

Cloud City Update Heading to 'Angry Birds Star Wars' | Touch Arcade | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Cloud City Update Heading to 'Angry Birds Star Wars':Rovio's latest Angry Birds release took the epic struggle of Birds versus Pigs and mashed it together with the epic struggle of Rebel versus Empire in the Star Wars ...
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Want to play in the cloud? Or at the very least cloud city! Angry Birds: Star Wars has been updated.

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The Business of Creativity | articles

The Business of Creativity | articles | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
I recently read a quote from John Cleese that said, “creativity is not a talent, it's a way of operating.” This of course flies right in the face of how many of us “creatives” view what we do for a living.
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This is a great article on business creativity, I argee that creativity is a great for leveling the playing field and it is a small companies access to competing with larger companies.

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Microsoft Report Discloses Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Data

Microsoft Report Discloses Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Data | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Publication of the report on government data requests places Microsoft alongside Google, Twitter and other Web businesses in releasing regular transparency reports.
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Does the government have a right to request of information from companies that collect some of our most precious moments and thoughts?  The answer is yes they do, the bigger question is do the companies who provide the data have an obligation to let us know?  Yes they do, transperency is the key to moving this issue forward, but companies that provide it the data and hide it are betraying our trust.  Microsoft is taking a stand here and more companies need to follow their example.

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This week's top six infographics

This week's top six infographics | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
Once again we round up six of the best infographics we've seen in the past week.
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These infographic are great and really go to illustrate how using a set of data to decribe a point is highly effective way of communicating to people.

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How You Sabotage Your Own Creativity

How You Sabotage Your Own Creativity | Big Data for a World That Works | Scoop.it
A couple of months ago I sent my Fast Company editor a list of 24 articles I intended to write in 2013 (my idea, not hers). She blessed 12 of them and set me to work.And this article ain’t one of them.I really tried to stick to the program.
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I believe that creative should have both planning and spontaneous elements, but over plan and you quash creativityand under plan and you could spend all day drawing pictures of cars jumping through hoops on fire.  Like in life a balance should always be the goal for any undertaking, and this can be true with creativity.  For example, if I have to plan for a project or design a performance report I will schedule in the time that I want to do the work but I will take in large sheets of butchers paper to allow my mind to go where ever in needs to go.

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