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UC Berkeley online degree in Data Science

Started by Jose Luis Manners Jul 19, 2013. 0 Replies

something that might be of interest to the group :

Numbers Numbers

Started by Henry Brown Dec 14, 2012. 0 Replies

From ComputerWorld: By 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of…Continue

Tags: storage, data

Big Data Business Model

Started by Henry Brown Dec 11, 2012. 0 Replies

Although this Harvard Business Review  blog is primarily aimed at the private sector, I believe that…Continue

Tags: research, business, big-data

Managing Big Data

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Henry Brown Nov 15, 2012. 1 Reply

News story from MIT newsSpeeding algorithms by shrinking dataA new approach to processing ‘big data’…Continue

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Comment by Henry Brown on March 4, 2014 at 7:57am

Do you work with surveys, demographic information, evaluation data, test scores, or observation data? Are you interested in making the data you collect more useful by organizing it, analyzing it, and applying it in different ways?

This self-paced, online course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data. This includes student, educators, researchers, journalists, and small business owners.

What questions are you looking to answer, and what story are you trying to tell with your data? Learn more by registering for this course, and check out our FAQ page.

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short video describing the course

Comment by Henry Brown on January 20, 2014 at 5:06am

IMO an interesting read on how scientists are using Big Data...

How Big Data Is Changing Earthquake Science:
Twenty years ago, a fault that scientists didn’t even know existed slipped, triggering a massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered beneath the San Fernando Valley, with shockwaves rippling throughout the greater Los Angeles area
Earthquakes cannot be prevented nor predicted. However, by beefing up and modernizing the region’s seismographic network and then crunching the massive reams of resulting data, scientists from SCEC have been able to piece together a clearer, more granular picture of the varying risk that regions throughout Southern California face due to earthquakes.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 14, 2013 at 11:30am

Looks to be a rather Major undertaking by the British LIbrary

From The British Library Blog:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.

Which brings me to the point of this release. We are looking for new, inventive ways to navigate, find and display these 'unseen illustrations'. The images were plucked from the pages as part of the 'Mechanical Curator', a creation of the British Library Labs project. Each image is individually addressible, online, and Flickr provies an API to access it and the image's associated description.

We may know which book, volume and page an image was drawn from, but we know nothing about a given image. Consider the image below. The title of the work may suggest the thematic subject matter of any illustrations in the book, but it doesn't suggest how colourful and arresting these images are.

Comment by Henry Brown on November 24, 2013 at 2:23pm

Have added a discussion which could be of some interest to some!

Title: Smartphones and Data Collection

Comment by Henry Brown on October 16, 2013 at 2:51pm

New Site which could have some interest/value to some:

About Analyst One

Analyst One is a site created by and for analysts

Our Mission: Serve analysts working hard problems.

Our Goal: Provide content designed to help analysts improve their ability to understand.
Topics Covered by Analyst One include:

    Analytics: the use of advanced tools and methodologies to extract meaning from data.
    Sensemaking: advanced concepts to help organizations create knowledge in systemic ways.
    Megatrends in the Analytical Community: The major forces in the analytical community that will impact us all.
    Technologies: Tools that can improve analytical outcomes, especially user-focused applications.
    Architectural constructs: For enterprise support to the analyst.
    Analytical challenges and use cases: The hard problems that need more community focused thought, and repeatable solutions that should be broadly shared.

Comment by Henry Brown on October 13, 2013 at 9:52am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest/value to some

Title: New Technology from Stanford

Comment by Henry Brown on September 26, 2013 at 2:59pm

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some!

Title: Big Data Paradoxes

Comment by Henry Brown on September 25, 2013 at 3:44pm

Have posted a discussion indirectly from The BDWG which could have some interest/value to some!

TItle:How the Landscape of Security Analytics is Changing

Comment by Henry Brown on September 25, 2013 at 3:18pm

This "group" might have some interest to some!

The Big Data Working Group (BDWG) will be identifying scalable techniques for data-centric security and privacy problems. BDWG’s investigation is expected to lead to crystallization of best practices for security and privacy in big data, help industry and government on adoption of best practices, establish liaisons with other organizations in order to coordinate the development of big data security and privacy standards, and accelerate the adoption of novel research aimed to address security and privacy issues. The WG will also put together research proposals for joint funding by government and industry initiatives.

Comment by Henry Brown on September 23, 2013 at 2:04pm

From FCW
Gold in the data, but a shortage of miners

Demand for analysts able to mine the mountains of data generated by federal agencies, including intelligence and homeland security, continues to soar as the government competes with the private sector for promising prospects and universities struggle to fill the need.

"There is a shortage of big data experts," said Michael Rappa, director of advanced analytics and distinguished professor at North Carolina State University. "I don't see the gap narrowing. Universities aren't producing enough. We have 80 grads per year" with master's degrees in analytics. "We could be producing 800 per year and still not meet demand. With each class, the demand goes up." 


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