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April 4, 2013 – WHEN Charlie Loyd wanted a job at a mapping firm, he did not send out resumés or make calls. Instead, he posted a message on Twitter that linked to a side-by-side comparison of satellite imagery of Cape Morris Jesup, Greenland's northernmost tip. On the left was a lacklustre image with no real detail captured by a NASA satellite and widely used by Mr Loyd's prospective employers; on the right, his own version.
April 4, 2013 – Tech companies may be automating many of today's machine learning processes, but sophisticated as these may be, the human component in teaching these computers remains vital.
April 2, 2013 – From healthcare and financial services, to government and academia, “big data” has gotten unprecedented attention as industries across the board struggle to answer a key question about their data: what does it all mean? Now, more than ever, companies are seeking out talent with deep analytical skills who can find the value in their data.
March 26, 2013 – At the end of last year, writing in Harvard Business Review, Tom Davenport, visiting professor at Harvard University and author of Competing on Analytics, proclaimed the role of data scientist to be the “sexiest job of the 21st century.”
March 26, 2013 – The challenges of hiring skilled data scientists is well-documented, but what of Big Data’s impact on talent recruitment within other fields? According to Beth Axelrod, eBay’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and the co-author of the new book The War for Talent, Human Resources is the latest department to be significantly disrupted within the data-driven enterprise.
The New York Times
March 25, 2013 – It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes. Last fall, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection wanted, finally, to crack down on restaurants that were illegally dumping cooking oil into sewers in their neighborhoods — congealed yellow grease is responsible, the department says, for more than half of New York’s clogged drains. The question, of course, was how to find the culprits?
February 27, 2013 – There has been a lot of data news already this week — some big, some interesting, and some both. Here’s a collection of the stuff you shouldn’t, or don’t want to, miss.
February 26, 2013 – In a further sign that Big Data is beginning to hit its stride, EMC Greenplum on Monday debuted a new Apache Hadoop distribution that it hopes will soon become the de facto standard, pushing aside current leaders like Cloudera and Hortonworks.
February 20, 2013 – Everybody and their mother is on the hunt for a data scientist, dubbed the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” by the Harvard Business Review. To train the next generation, New York University (NYU) has launched a data science and statistics initiative, which is intended to drive breakthrough research in other programs, including medicine and technology. The new website for the program cites research from McKinsey that projects the U.S. alone will need 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytic skills by 2018 as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts for “big data” jobs.
February 18, 2013 – Today Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address. It’s finally happened: New York City has merged wholly with Startupland. The evidence? In his speech, Mayor Bloomberg announced that our fair metropolis (which already has a Chief Digital Officer, Ms. Rachel Haot) will now have a Chief Analytics Officer, as well.