Today big data, machine learning and location data are playing huge roles in business, finance, politics and almost every sector. There is some concern playing itself out regarding location data and other technology features. While it is important to understand the risks involved in big data and GPS, it is vital to know what role they play in our lives and society today. While there is a long future ahead for big data and location data, we have seen it utilized already. Below are a few ways location data and big data are being used to improve business and life in 2018. Geolocation Companies have been using location data for years. For example, Mastercard uses location data to help […] Continue Reading
Big Data is the biggest trend in IT right now, however the term is loosely thrown around and becoming increasingly ambiguous. Everyone seems to be doing some sort of “Big Data” nowadays, which can cause great confusion among organizations with actual Big Data needs. We at IKANOW focus on unstructured data analytics, and may be a little bias, but believe it is an essential part of any Big Data offering. One question we hear all the time is “what’s the business value in unstructured data?” Occasionally, we also receive raised eyebrows and blank stares when referring to unstructured data. To help answer this question and provide clarity about unstructured data, let’s take a look at the differences between structured and […] Continue Reading
Big data isn’t just for those who can wrangle Hadoop or wrestle with R. Service interfaces (APIs) make it easy for even the relative novice explorer some creative solutions. Working for an innovation centre I often find the need to quickly glue together service APIs to gain some insight from the data flowing around our sector. More often than not I turn to Google Sheets (Spreadsheets) and Google Apps Script to rapidly develop dashboards I can share with colleagues. It’s reassuring to see I’m not the only one who uses this approach. A recent post on the Google Apps Developer Blog highlighting how the UK Government’s Cabinet Office do Google Analytics reporting with Google Apps Script. A great thing about […] Continue Reading
Paul Gesiak from DataSift talks about data visualisation from a social data perspective. DataSift was founded by Nick Halstead to help organizations improve their understanding and use of Social Media. DataSift is focused on producing state-of-the-art data-filtering technology and driving innovation in Big Data. DataSift started its life as an offshoot from TweetMeme, the highly popular Twitter news feed service. After witnessing how quickly Social Media impacted organizations, Nick Halstead set out to create a platform to help companies manage Social Media and capitalise on the insights to be found within the data.
Jairam Chandar from DataSift talkin “Hadoop at DataSift” The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-avaiability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-availabile service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures. Find out more about Hadoop
www.bigdataweek Big Data presentation from Ben Hagan talking about D3 – Visualising the Real Time Firehose using d3.js
DATA STORIES is a bi-weekly podcast on data visualization with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner. Their first guest on the show is Andy Kirk who is on our all star panel on April 24th for the Big Data week community meetup, also Moritz just came back from Malofiej 20, the Infographic World Summit, and we used the chance to discuss our impressions of the event — the conference, the awards, the workshops and the general vibe. On this show Andy Kirk discusses Big Data week and his involvement with it how he is supporting the event itself and also how data visualisation has exploded over the last two years and interesting debate on the Infographic World summit. LISTEN to the […] Continue Reading