Spotlight: The death of social media data

You'll find a good overview in a CNN Money blog post on how social media data as a business has, for all intent and practical purposes, passed away.

You need a big data disaster recovery plan right now

Yeah, yeah, there always needs to be a disaster recovery plan in place, everyone knows that. Yes, everyone does know that and yet somehow the thing rarely gets done. Time to put it on the front burner because if you ever lose this much data, you'll never, ever get it back again if you don't.

Experfy seeks experts for big data matchmaking marketplace

Perhaps you've already gotten your emailed invitation from Harvard Innovation Labs' Experfy to apply as an expert big data consultant. Mine arrived a couple days ago. If not, you don't have to wait for it. You can apply now on the Experfy website to pick up big data consulting work from major corporations. Pay ranges from $40 to $200 an hour, depending on your level of expertise and the difficulty of the project.

A decade working with big data

People still talk about big data as if it is something new that just popped up out of nowhere. That's hardly the case even though the industry is just now beginning to mature. Tendü Yogurtcu, vice president of engineering at Syncsort, says she's been doing big data for ten years now.

Rackspace CloudU hosts new Big Data Massive Open Online Course

Oh, and just in case you aren't freaked out enough about how much data is piling in, take a look at Rackspace's neat, interactive infographic which even includes a real time count of how many terabytes were added to the digital universe since you opened the infographic. Oh, the pressure that brings!

Big data's defense against cyber crime

Big data is both a blessing and a curse in terms of security. Cybercriminals can hide within big data and they can use big data to aid their efforts in myriad ways. But, big data tools also present a formidable defense when they're used correctly. A new report from Gartner gives some good advice on how to do that.

The future of big data, ambient intelligence and ubiquitous computing

Ambient intelligence will create a "data culture" that envelops and enables us all. The sooner people understand ambient intelligence and the data required for such to exist, the better people will understand why so many corporations are hard at work gathering data and making it widely available.

Spotlight: Opinions on Medicare's data dump

You'll find plenty of food for thought there on the limitations and opportunities in raw data dumps.

Twitter buys Gnip, quietly builds $100 million big data business

Make no mistake, Twitter is a big data company and it's looking to get even bigger. Hence yesterday's acquisition of Gnip, added to about four or so other similar acquisitions earlier.  The end goal: Make Twitter a $100 million big data business. 

Big data 'revolution' needs to happen, now

Yes, there is a big data revolution afoot and this time around things are getting real! 

Why big data and open data are not the same

While some data will also be proprietary and closely guarded, the vast majority of data will be joined to the open data movement. Why? Because the more data people can access, the more discoveries can be made.

Data is changing how our children's minds work

You might think this post is about how data and edtech are being used to improve our education system. But you would be wrong.

3 ways data visualizations can lie

You've heard me sound this warning before: big data can and does lie. Most often the lies told are not intentional but rather a result of bungling the project.

Spotlight: Legacy data management companies face hard challenges

There's a good post in The NY Times by Steve Lohr on the effects new technologies have on legacy companies like Teradata. It's well worth the read. "The challenge to old-line data...

Farm machines produce privacy concerns, guidelines underway

Last week the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national independent farmers' group, met with John Deere, Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer to hammer out guidelines to protect farmer privacy and prevent potential market manipulations.

Beijing government looking to build big data platform

Rest assured that all governments are or will be using big data. The latest to stake claim to its benefits is Beijing.

Transforming elections in India using big data

U.S. politics is not the only place you'll find big data at work. It's increasingly used in countries around the world with mixed results. Indeed, it is at the core of elections now underway in India.

Big data is not about petabytes, but complex computing

You've heard me and several others repeatedly say that the term big data is unfortunate because it's really not about the size of the data, but about the complexity of the computing. In other words, big data tools are not contained to usage where there are petabytes of data. Those tools are useful with just about any sized data if you're doing complex computing with it.

Project Data Sphere leverages cancer research, collaboration

Before privacy protection efforts go overboard and drown the big data infant in the Sea of Good Intentions, it's important to help the public--and other big data users too--understand the many benefits to be had in big data.

Spotlight: The big data question for marketers

There's an interesting post in ClickZ on a roundtable discussion held at ClickZ Live New York last week. The question of whether or not big data, or any data analytics at all, are working for marketers was addressed.