Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Enterprise Data Projects: It Takes a Village

October 13, 2014 by Ken Kaczmarek

I recently found an article discussing the four different types of Data Scientists. Turns out there’s a quite a bit of wiggle in what the term “Data Scientist” might mean – from business savant to data viz wiz to world class coder to Ph.D. in statistics. A question is posed:

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Machine Vision: The Next Wave of Big Data

October 8, 2014 by Nate Williams

Recently, we’ve been seeing a lot of news about the promise of emerging applications for machine vision.

Much of it’s at the trial stage at this point, particularly with Google Glass and related projects. For instance, the police in Dubai are testing facial recognition on the streets, ER doctors are exploring uses for quick access to critical medical records and Walgreens is experimenting with augmented reality in stores.

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Using Data for Social Good

October 3, 2014 by Nate Williams

There’s a burst of really interesting things happening in data science these days. One of the more exciting ones is the growing movement to utilize open data to make government more responsive, accountable and effective.

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Apple's "Dangerous Game" and Mobile BI

September 29, 2014 by Nate Williams

It seems that implementing stronger security standards is not without risk. As the New York Times recently noted, Apple’s move to add full disk encryption to iOS 8 and remove any built-in backdoors has not won kudos from the N.S.A. and F.B.I.:

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Hello (Brave New) World

September 24, 2014 by Nate Williams

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…” – Dickens

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the data ecosystem. Mix together a surge of new data sources along with cheap storage and the ability crunch data quickly – and you have a limitless recipe for the mind-boggling cocktail of new data-related tools and solutions arriving on the landscape.

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