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Big Data Visualization of the Week: BKLYNR All the Stops


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.

Pivotal Opens Big Data Innovation Centre in Singapore


Pivotal has opened its first big data innovation centre in Singapore with a goal is to help customers execute advanced analytics projects.

Managing Big Data From Space

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 […]

Big, Big, Big Data and the Rise of HD Video Surveillance


The extraordinary deluge of data in the surveillance business is being triggered by a flood of new high-definition (HD) video cameras entering the market.

Big Data Upgrade Delivers for You at the Postal Service


The U.S. Postal Service’s supercomputing and big data efforts are about to get a substantial upgrade.

Neelie Kroes on the Big Data Opportunity for Europe


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


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


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 […]