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