Data-Visualization Firm’s New Software Autonomously Finds Abstract Connections | Wired Design | Wired.com


“Ayasdi, a company that has developed data visualization software it says uses big data to answer the questions you never thought to ask…Their new product is called the Iris Insight Discovery platform. It’s a type of machine learning that uses hundreds of algorithms and topological data analysis to mine huge datasets before presenting the results in a visually accessible way. Using algebraic topology, the system automatically hunts down data points close in nature and maps these out to reveal a network of patterns for a researcher to decipher…”

via Data-Visualization Firm’s New Software Autonomously Finds Abstract Connections | Wired Design | Wired.com.

Big Data recruitment: Making the move from information management to data science | TechRepublic


“Big Data will provide companies with unprecedented information. It will also provide lucrative careers for IT folks who are willing to take the plunge.”

via Big Data recruitment: Making the move from information management to data science | TechRepublic.

Big data skills: Should data scientist be your next job? | TechRepublic


Big data skills: Should data scientist be your next job? | TechRepublic.

Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions | The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog


Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions…11.26.12 « The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog.

Big Data

A Great Example Why Big Data is Becoming Hugely Important


“Barack Obama may have comfortably won re-election in the electoral college, and squeaked a victory in the popular vote. But here is the absolute, undoubted winner of this election: Nate Silver and big data.”

via Triumph of the Nerds: Nate Silver Wins in 50 States.

Nate Silver is a statistician and political blogger (FiveThirtyEight – Nate Silver’s Political Calculus) for The New York Times. His statistical forecasts for the 2012 American Presidential Election were amazingly accurate and are a great case study for validating the importance and value of big data.

Collection of Links: Big Data


Big data is almost on the cusp of the emerging technology hype cycle according to the Gartner 2012 Hype Cycle and according to Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012 (PCMAG.com). What is the ‘big’ deal with big data anyways? Below I have posted links to information resources highlighting a range of issues related to big data.

Gartner defines big data as…”the term adopted by the market to describe extreme information management and processing issues which exceed the capability of traditional information technology along one or multiple dimensions to support the use of the information assets. Throughout 2010 and into 2011, big data has focused primarily on the volume issues of extremely large datasets generated from technology practices such as social media, operational technology, Internet logging and streaming sources. A wide array of hardware and software solutions have emerged to address the partial issue of volume.”

The Data Drive Life by Gary Wolf (April 28, 2010) is a great backgrounder article on how we have come to generate more and more data in our daily lives.

Big Data/Linked Data White Paper from Fujitsu, March 2012

Business Perspective
From Harvard Business Review. The Next Wave of Process Strategy, October 30, 2012 and Big Data Hype (and Reality), October 18, 2012

Significance to Libraries
Data Science: What’s in it for the New Librarian? from Information Space, July 16, 2012

Big data is also about the Internet of Things and Linked Data. Linked Data for Libraries OCLC Video posted August 7, 2012

Defining the “Big” in Big Data by Leslie Johnston at the Library of Congress, May 17, 2012

Importance to Other Industries
Big Data and social media: A match made in heaven?
posted October 23, 2012 at the TechRepublic

Big Data is Transforming Healthcare from Wired Science, October 16, 2012

Software
Big Data Meets BI: Beyond The Hype from Information Week, October 30, 2012

Lists some of the other open source software in the big data space (versus Hadoop) Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy Open Source Technologies from TechCrunch, October 27, 2012