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April 9, 2013 – Periscopic and Procter & Gamble demonstrate the wide range of uses for data visualization — from business intelligence to social advocacy — and how form and function vary widely depending on the data visualized and the intended purpose.
April 8, 2013 – The democratization of data is a real phenomenon, but building a sustainable data democracy means truly giving power to the people. The alternative is just a shift of power from traditional data analysts within IT departments to a new generation of data scientists and app developers. And this seems a lot more like a dictatorship than a democracy — a benevolent dictatorship, but a dictatorship nonetheless.
April 5, 2013 – Those of us who believe that managers make better decisions when key data are presented visually tend to get very excited about all the innovation going on in the graphical display of information. However, if you work in a large organization and want it to make better use of data visualization, I'd argue that commonality is more important than creativity. If you can establish a common visual language for data, you can radically upgrade the use of the data to drive decision-making and action.
April 5, 2013 – A robot took my job!” The familiar refrain gets at a long-running cultural anxiety that machines will render human workers redundant. But according to a recent Economist article about the role of big data and predictive analytics in Human Resources departments, an increasing number of workers may instead have reason to declare, “A robot gave me my job!”
April 5, 2013 – Companies are collecting ever more data on end users, through mobile devices, connected devices, sensors and other inputs. While some people appreciate what companies are doing with the data, end users don’t necessarily know what companies are collecting. In a discussion on data science in San Francisco on Thursday, some panelists thought out loud about what it might look like if more data were shared.
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 – "Please make me a visualization." I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like: "Please make me a roast beef sandwich." Or: "Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower."
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 3, 2013 – Data Visualization – it’s one of the unsung heroes in the Big Data picture, but that appears to be changing. Seattle-based data visualization company Tableau Software filed its IPO statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday and is looking to raise up to $150 Million dollars. The stock ticker symbol will be “DATA”.
April 3, 2013 – Pivotal, the new company uniting EMC Greenplum’s decade of big data R & D, agile development trailblazers Pivotal Labs, and VMWare’s cloud services and app framework acumen, is ready to launch. In a letter to employees sent Monday, April 1st, CEO Paul Maritz announced Pivotal as "a new and exciting company with great promise," and outlined the Pivotal vision.