Neelie Kroes on the Big Data Opportunity for Europe

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Neelie Kroes from the European Commission discusses the huge opportunities of Big Data in the digital era and how Europe can make this a recipe for growth.

What Can Hadoop Can Do for Your Big Data Strategy?

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For all its agility in handling big data, Hadoop by itself is not a big data strategy.

The 3 Paradoxes of Big Data

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Over at Stanford Law Review, Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King write that the purported benefits of Big Data to our society come with three paradoxes that need to be factored in. In particular, we want to highlight three paradoxes in the current rhetoric about big data to help move us toward a more […]

Smart Cities, Big Data, and Privacy

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Jane Wakefield at the BBC reports that Big Data is being used in previously unthought-of ways. For example, the Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont is measuring both happiness and health of 180,000 people in the U.S.  The Hedonometer project used 37 million geolocated tweets from people across the U.S. It found that […]

How the NSA Tackles Big Data

Over at GigaOM, Derrick Harris writes that more details have surfaced from NSA’s recently uncovered data-collection practices. The technological linchpin to everything the NSA is doing from a data-analysis perspective is Accumulo — an open-source database the agency built in order to store and analyze huge amounts of data. Adam Fuchs knows Accumulo well because […]

Indiana University Helps NASA Manage Big Data

Indiana University has contributed Big Data expertise and infrastructure to NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a decade-long polar ice monitoring project. For the past four years, IU Research Technologies, a cyberinfrastructure and service center affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), has provided IT support for the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), a National […]

Arkansas Dodges the Big Data Trough of Disillusionment

With Gartner claiming that Big Data is heading for its fabled “Trough of Disillusionment,” it’s nice to run across a story that shows the technology being warmly embraced with positive outcomes forecasted. Such is the case with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), which will be using Big Data to modernize the delivery of […]

Google Targets Human Traffickers with Help from Big Data

Google has announced that it is taking steps to help combat human trafficking – a $32 billion illegal enterprise that exploits 20.9 million people worldwide, according to research from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Google’s involvement includes a $3 million grant through its Global Impact Award program to three anti-trafficking organizations – […]

Video: The CIA's Grand Challenges with Big Data

In this video from the Structure: Data 2013 conference, Central Intelligence Agency CTO Ira “Gus” Hunt presents: The CIA’s Grand Challenges with Big Data. Sensors, agents and an Internet of Things are all producing data, all of the time. It would be a vast understatement to say that the CIA has experience in acquiring, handling […]

Obama Initiative Leverages Big Data to Explore the Brain

On Tuesday, April 2, President Obama announced a research initiative that has the ambitious goal of “revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain,” according to a White House press release. Know as BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the initiative is being launched in FY 2014 with an initial budget of about $100 million, […]