“It’s all about Big Data” we promised, and for one week in April, that was certainly the case. From almost any angle of computing – technical, managerial, theoretical, artistic – data has never enjoyed so much attention. With attention comes caution – “How do we manage so much stuff?” – and, thankfully, Big Data Week kept one eye on these pressing, contemporary issues as well as the other firmly focussed on the future. The cornerstone of the week was the Data Science Hackathon: the World Tour of hackdays, if you will. Taking place across 48 hours in three continents, a phenomenal 114 project submissions were made. Given that this was a Hack with big data, the 48 hours certainly appear […] Continue Reading
Kalev H. Leetaru is Assistant Director for Text and Digital Media Analytics at the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at the University of Illinois and Center Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Some amazing Big Data facts is what you will learn. Twitter There are over 340 million new tweets every day. The entire New York Times over the last half century printed just 2.9 billion words. More than 8 billion words are added to Twitter every single day. Facebook 250 million photos uploaded, that’s a quarter-billion, and 2.7 billion likes every single day. Over 845 million active monthly users and more than 100 billion connections among all of them. More than half of all North Americans are on Facebook. Google Books Thus far they have managed to digitize somewhere on the order of 4% of every book every published, weighing in at around 2 trillion words. If we […] Continue Reading
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
Guest Post : Andy Kirk from Visualising Data Andy will be on the panel for Big Data week community meetup on April 24th and as our guest he has allowed us to repost this amazing article he published in December I hope you enjoy and look forward to meeting him at the event. Back in July I published a collection of the 10 most significant visualisation developments from the first half of 2011. These were a very personal view of the most prominent, memorable, significant, progressive and appealing developments of the year so far. As we prepare to bid farewell to 2011 I am now looking back over the latter half of the year with a follow up collection of developments that […] Continue Reading