Thoughts on the data ecosystem

The Flex.io Blog

Much electronic ink has been spilled on the rise of the data scientist. They've been called sexy. They've been called unicorns. And, we clearly see a direct correlation between this recent adulation and the uptick in searches for "sexy unicorn". (At least, I hope that's the reason). As discussed previously, capturing a unicorn is great if you can find it, but it takes a village to get...

I had a chance to attend an excellent meetup of the Chicago City Data User Group last week, which focused on Chicago's contribution to the Code for America Summit: The Code for America Summit is THE annual convening for civic technology. This year’s summit (which took place in San Francisco in September) saw 800 government, tech, and civic engagement leaders from dozens of cities to talk about...

In an excellent post, CIO Isaac Sacolick asks, what technologies work best for decentralized data scientists? It's a great question.  As he aptly describes it, working with data in a decentralized environment presents a challenging scenario: But what happens when these resources are scattered across multiple departments. One department may have an expert data scientist, another may have a small group doing internal reporting, and a third group...

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. Even...