Data is big these days. And in more than just one sense of the word. Massive amounts of data are being collected through the expansion of technology, like mobile phones, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT)--all as the field of data science surges in popularity. Being a data scientist was even crowned “the sexiest job of the 21st century”, adding it to the list of recently popularized professions that were once considered nerd territory and grounds for having your lunch stolen in grade school. And while big data is now...

Data projects come in many shapes and sizes. From big data predictive analytics to small data spreadsheet projects, from building new open data applications to reconciling a couple of ERP tables in the accounting department. There's one feature all these projects have in common: they all take far too long. Efficiency matters – and for maximizing the value of data, it matters a lot.  The math on this is simple. The more rapidly an organization can perform data projects, the greater its capacity to leverage data resources, generate real value and gain competitive advantage. According to...

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 the mantis shrimp is getting in on the action!  By mimicking their incredible eyes, researchers are developing a camera that makes it possible to see...

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. The floodgates of civic data are wide open, and a wide range of significant data sets are already available directly to the public.  Open your web browser and you can find civic data from the Federal Government to cities, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. But what to do with all this data? Well, that's the beauty of it – open...

“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. How not to...