News & Blogs
January 21, 2013 – Ayasdi, a company that has developed data visualization software it says uses big data to answer the questions you never thought to ask, has launched in Palo Alto with $10.25 million in funding. Khosla Ventures and Floodgate are backing Ayasdi, which was founded in 2008 by Gurjeet Singh, Harlan Sexton and Stanford mathematics professor Gunnar Carlsson while researching ways to commercialize Carlsson’s work with scientific data investigation.
January 17, 2013 – Despite the prodigious business value, civic innovation, and predictive insight yielded from the cascading streams of Big Data, there are critical questions regarding who has access to what information, and how actionable insight will impact the lives of the human beings beyond the dashboard.
January 16, 2013 – Facebook is a data company. Today’s news about its new search features proves it. So did last week’s news about the company testing what it can charge people to send Mark Zuckerberg a message. And tomorrow at Open Compute Project’s Open Compute Summit, Facebook will again show why becoming the world’s largest data broker depends on the success of its massive data-center buildout.
Big Data Start-Ups
January 16, 2013 – A lot has been written already about big data trends for 2013 and here at BigData-Startups.com we want to add a few that we believe will be important for 2013. According to the Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle published by Gartner in the summer of 2012, the trend Big Data has just entered the “Peak of Inflated Expectations”, meaning that everyone expects everything from Big Data.
January 15, 2013 – A few weeks ago, while working on a unified storage abstraction for Hadoop, I implemented the Hadoop FileSystem interface at work. To make it easier to test, I wanted to make my Filesystem the default for Hadoop URIs on the CLI.
The New York Times
January 15, 2013 – Over the past decade, nudged by new federal regulations, hospitals and medical offices around the country have been converting scribbled doctors’ notes to electronic records. Although the chief goal has been to improve efficiency and cut costs, a disappointing report published last week by the RAND Corp. found that electronic health records actually may be raising the nation’s medical bills.
The New York Times
January 14, 2013 – Should data have a conscience? As a journalist, I am trained as an absolutist in matters of open data. Public records should be just that, public, and as agents of transparency, news media outlets should help cast sunlight on those records. In that context, data is not good or bad, right or wrong; it is information that should be there for the asking, taking or publishing.
January 14, 2013 – The Defense Department wants new computer tools to analyze mounds of unstructured text, blogs and tweets as part of a coordinated push to help military analysts predict the future and make decisions faster. The search is part of the Office of Naval Research's "Data to Decisions" program, a series of three-to-10-year initiatives that will address the volume of information that threatens to overwhelm planners in the digital age, contract databases indicate. The goal is to build an open source system that can unite various tools that collect, manage and draw relationships between data sets.
January 14, 2013 – One of the topics that seemed to keep cropping up in the news this year was the growing power of the amateur in public life. This trend is not necessarily new but it has been gaining momentum as modern technologies make it easier for the average person to create things (i.e. books, music, videos or physical products) and deliver them to a wider audience. Combine this with an anemic economic recovery and you have the perfect environment for people striking out on their own.
January 11, 2013 – Twitter is a veritable gold mine of real-time social data for advertisers, brands, and entertainment studios. The much-vaunted phenomena of the second screen — viewers browsing and posting to social media while watching a TV show or a movie — yields far richer viewer data than old-school Nielsen numbers produced. But as demonstrated by new research released by Twitter, there are many subtleties to how viewers of various shows are communicating on those second screens.