The controversial “stop, question and frisk” practices used by the New York City Police Department have been the subject of numerous statistics. A new interactive visualization of all the data related to stop-and-frisk policing in 2012 does a great job of providing additional understanding.
NASA and its dozens of missions gather hundreds of terabytes of data every hour. Data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth. All those digital records need to be stored, indexed and processed so that spacecraft engineers, scientists and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]