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December 27, 2012 – After President Barack Obama won reelection, the press praised the techies who built the data-driven machine that helped the president's campaign break new ground in voter targeting and turnout. Of all the geeks who got write-ups, the campaign's chief technology officer, Harper Reed, was the most eye-catching. In pictures (and even in a bizarre Bloomberg TV interview on the Vegas strip with Nascar cars roaring the background) he wore sweatshirts or T-shirts, his hair unkempt atop his head, big hoop rings in his ears, with his mustache -- at times -- twirled up on the ends, Rollie Fingers-style.
December 21, 2012 – "Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "frankenstorm," "fiscal cliff" and YOLO. But it had a huge surge in venues like Wired and The Economist, and it was the buzz of Silicon Valley and Davos. And if the phrase wasn't as familiar to many people as "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," Big Data had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as they did.
December 20, 2012 – Twitter is emerging as an important medium for determining influence in many fields. Social ranking sites like Klout and Traackr include Twitter as a heavily-weighted component of their ranking algorithms, for example. Twitter isn't representative of the members of any field, but in areas where the members primarily engage online, it can be a useful proxy. SocialFlow's Gilad Lotan has used an analysis of social networks on Twitter to rank influences in such fields, including the communities of python users and data scientists.
December 19, 2012 – With big data analytics comes a new role for IT workers, the data scientist. But just what is a data scientist and how do you become one? The data scientist role is designed to help organisations make sense of the large number of disparate data sources that analytics platforms like Hadoop can interrogate.
The New York Times
December 13, 2012 – Velvet Palate sells artisanal wines that are made in small quantities around the world and typically not stocked in stores. Selling online, said Kim Kooren, a co-founder, has allowed the company to zero in on a niche of geographically diverse customers.
December 12, 2012 – In a recent conversation with Michael Howard, VP of Marketing at Greenplum, the topic of the data scientist came to the fore. There is a great deal of noise in the media about data scientists, not surprisingly, because they are deemed to be “the gods of big data,” and you can argue that indeed they are.
December 12, 2012 – With Big Data becoming one of the year’s top buzzwords, terms describing the practitioners working with said data can become confused. As Data Scientists grow in demand in the job market, it’s important that the role doesn’t grow conflated with that of Data Analytics. In a recent blog post, Data Architect Venu Anuganti clarifies some of the distinctions between Data Scientist and Data Analytics practitioner.
The New York Times
December 10, 2012 – Mr. Fertik, 34, is the chief executive of Reputation.com, a company that helps people manage their online reputations. From his perch here in Silicon Valley, he views the digital screens in our lives, the smartphones and the tablets, the desktops and the laptops, as windows of a house. People go about their lives on the inside, he says, while dozens of marketing and analytics companies watch through the windows, sizing them up like peeping Toms.
December 7, 2012 – “Big Data” has been touted as the next “big thing” in ecommerce. But according to research by Edgell Knowledge Network, only 47% of retailers understand how to apply Big Data to their business. We can expect non-retail ecommerce to be similar.
December 6, 2012 – Rick Smolan is the author of “The Human Face of Big Data” and Co-founder of the "America 24/7" and "Day in the Life" photography series. He comes to the studio to explain his book, which demonstrates how real time sensing and visualization of data—from satellites, smartphones, the Internet, computers—has the potential to change every aspect of life on earth.