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The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator. 

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Think of electricity and automobiles, the Internet more recently and now big data. Let me briefly summarize the report’s key findings.

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a particularly interesting project because economic data in emerging markets is often not as reliable as the data in more advanced markets.

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Owning our data

Harold Jarche

With the internet of everything (IoE), once everything is connected, where will our data reside? Do you own your data?

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Uber’s pending sale of your personal data

Doc Searls

Interesting legal hack there: you own your data, but you license it to them, on terms that grant you nothing and grant them everything. As I read that, they have sale on personal data pending until that time. Business data personal data Customer Commons freedom Lyft UberUber has new terms for you : User Provided Content.

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Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Universal access, like open data, is the kind of principle few would disagree with.  Universal Access. 

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The Data Bubble redux

Doc Searls

one of the new data exchanges. “It is a sea change in the way the industry works,” says Omar Tawakol, CEO of BlueKai. The tide turned today.

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Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, the situation is rapidly changing, as universities around the world have started to offer different kinds of graduate programs in data science. 

Big Data Takes Center Stage

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud computing is now going through a similar period of serious evaluation and development.  So is big data.  .

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Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking deeper at data-driven decision making, it’s important to understand not only the promise but also the limits. 

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Data Science - the Emergence of a New Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data Science is emerging as a hot new profession and academic discipline.  They note that demand for data scientists is racing ahead of supply. 

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Traditional Data Analysis and Data Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The emergence of data science is closely intertwined with the explosive growth of big data over the past several years. 

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Ideas, Experts and Data

Harold Jarche

Data Enslavement – by @ballantine70. Here are some observations and insights that were shared on social media this past fortnight.

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Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

Beth Kanter

Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch – Guest Post by Steve MacLaughlin. Why do some organizations struggle to manage their data? Spark.

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As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data , powerful analytics and AI are everywhere.  Mid-skill jobs have been particularly threatened.  The authors offer a novel metaphor. 

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Big Data: Running out of Metric System…

Andy McAfee

I recently came across two very different pieces of evidence showing how big a deal big data is. How fast are they exploding?

Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

Beth Kanter

Five Tips for Nonprofit Data Storytelling by Matthew Scharpnick. They understand the importance and power of data. How old is she?

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Positivism and Big Data

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

She writes, data scientists use their quantitative measure, as positivists do, by putting a large number veneer over their research This misrepresents positivism, just as Nathan Jurgenson does in his original article. It’s not that data scientists put a ‘veneer’ over their research by virtue of large numbers.

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Data From The Edge

Andy McAfee

So they’re doing what careful researchers are supposed to do, which is present the data while acknowledging its limitations.

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Reflections on Big Data, Data Science and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the central role of big data with CUSP and with other initiatives I’m involved with, I’d like to step back and reflect on what this all means.

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Reflections on the Education of Applied Data Scientists

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About a year ago, an article in the Harvard Business Review called data scientists the sexiest job of the 21st century. 

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A New Data Deal, starting today

Doc Searls

There was a time when clouds were only corporate, and personal cloud was an oxymoron — or worse, just a new term for more data storage. They begin what @Petervan calls The Revolution of the Data Slaves. Form-filling from organized personal data. There was a time when personal computer was an oxymoron: a contradiction in terms.

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The Future of Learning: Digital, Distributed, Data-Driven

George Siemens

Years ago, I had a long chat with Gardner Campbell , one of the smartest people in the edtech space, about the role of data and analytics. Slides from my talk today are below: Future of Learning: Digital, distributed, and data-driven from gsiemens My first internal response was going to be something snarky and generally defensive.

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How social data is changing the way we do business

Dion Hinchcliffe

The vast global firehose of social media today, combined with the emerging big data revolution, is now helping organizations accomplish things that were previously prohibitively expensive or even impossible. Big Data Enterprise Software Software Tech Industry

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New MOOC: Data, Analytics, & Learning

George Siemens

This fall, together with colleagues, I’ll be offering an open course on edX: Data, Analytics, and Learning. From the description: In education, the use of data and analytics to improve learning is referred to as learning analytics. Analytics have not yet made the impact on education that they have made in other fields.

Are “data hogs” the problem?

David Weinberger

” The new article (for sale, but Benoit summarizes it on his blog) analyzes data from a mid-size North American ISP and confirms their original analysis: Data caps are at best a crude tool for targeting the users who most affect the amount of available bandwidth. Data consumption is not a good measure of critical broadband usage.

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New Jobs Data, Same Old Story…

Andy McAfee

Here’s the same graph updated with data through April. This explains why the red line is flat. read it as telling exactly the same story.

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The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data

Andy McAfee

We’ll see a  lot  more work like this in the near future, and I can’t wait to see how well current thinking stands up to new data.

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Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The need for such systems is a result of the explosive growth of data all around us.  This is what data science is all about. 

Big Data Reveal Three Surprising Facts About Chinese Censorship

Andy McAfee

The ideas and theories about censorship in the political science literature were way behind what the data turned up.

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If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?

Andy McAfee

2007 is also when the phrase “big data” was just starting to be used. ” book. ). chose 2007 for no particularly good reason.

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Latest Data on Telework

Nine Shift

Here's the latest data on the growth in working from home. Telework continues to be the "silent revolution" in the 21st Century.

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New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While a number of transformative technologies were discussed, big data was the most prominent.    .

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Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

Adaptive Path

The one commonality all these apps share is that you need to break from what you’re doing, look down at your phone, and log data.

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Fantastic international comparative data on media, social media, and mobile

Ross Dawson

The data below is a small selection that I found particularly noteworthy, with some brief comments. Australia is just ahead on tablet usage.

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Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

Beth Kanter

The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. nptech?

Open Data

George Siemens

One of the remarkable developments over the last three or four years is the opening of data by organizations such as OECD, UNESCO, World Bank, and city, state/province/national governments. Recent funding cutbacks to this movement in the US – see Death of Open Data? Hopefully defunding doesn’t spread.

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#OEB14 - Does Data Corrupt Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This house believes that data is corrupting education For: Ellen Wagner - Data as the meme - It bothers me that I leave this trail of data everywhere we do - Data without context is really without value - data with context is information, and information is power, and power corrupts. depend on data. Enjoy.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the central role of data in AI applications, there will be increased demand for data scientists, and other data-oriented jobs.

New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth Kanter

List: View and sort foundation, recipients and grants data in table form. Click to See Visualization. Select details for more grant detail.

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