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Big Data Analysis Interview with Jim Webber

Big Data Analysis Interview with Jim Webber, Chief Scientist at Neo Technology, now online at: http://fm.ea-tel.eu/fm/fmm.php?pwd=aa8bc2-32916

Neo Technology brings the power of graph databases to a wide variety of clients. Neo4J, the world’s leading graph database, has the largest ecosystem of partners and developers and tens of thousands of successful deployments. From websites adding social capabilities to Telco’s providing personalized customer services to innovative bioinformatics research, organizations adopt graph databases to quickly model and query connected data.


What Happens When Big Data Meets Official Statistics?


With the advent of the open data and big data communities, we’ve seen huge increases in the use of public data, and more importantly, potential opportunities to use new data sources and techniques - that are often faster and cheaper - to supplement, or even replace, some of the work of official statistics.
The questions that automatically arises is, whether or not we can apply the same statistical rigour to big data sources and techniques to help meet the goals of official statistics?
Two of the world's leading authorities on official statistics tackled key questions regarding BigData and Statistics in a webcasted discussion session, moderated by Shaida Badiee, Director of the World Bank Data Group. 
The following questions have been in the center of debate:
  • Can big data replace traditional official data sources?
  • Does big data make classical statistical methods obsolete?
  • How will social science research change with big data?
  • What’s the future of official statistics in a big data world?
More interesting topics relating to open date, the world bank etc. are available at: http://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/  and  http://data.worldbank.org/

BigData technologies used to analyze and visualize the economic impact of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Over 1,500 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors from 200 different countries attended the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona between the 25th and 28th of February.The economic impact of the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona is estimated to be in excess of 300 million euros, making it one of the city’s most important annual events.
In order to showcase the real economic impact of the MWC on the city, and utilizing Big Data technology, BBVA (one of the biggest banks in Spain) analyzed millions of credit card and terminal transactions over the course of a two week period that were later visualized using CartoDB. This visualization makes use of the latest technologies such as HTML5 and Torque to temporally represent the millions of transactions conducted over the course of weeks. It is available at www.mwcimpact.com
Javier de la Torre, co-founder and CEO at CartoDB stated : “This visualization demo’s the power CartoDB in conjunction with Big Data to drive analysis and derive business insight from really large datasets.”
This project is the result of the collaboration with BBVA, the financial group that has made Big Data one of the focus points of its innovation strategy, lead by a specialized team from the BBVA Innovation Center. 
Detailed information on CartoDB are available at: http://cartodb.com/

Interview with Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Data Publica

The interview with the CEO of Data Publica, Francois Bancilhon, now online at: http://fm.ea-tel.eu/fm/fmm.php?pwd=d1babe-32915

Data Publica is a young French startup, which includes a group of data developers responsible for producing data sets (custom datasets based on the customer specifications and off-the-shelf datasets based on market demands). Producing data implies the identification of the sources of data; extracting the data; turning the raw data into the structured data; and, finally, delivering it to the customer.

How ruleCore processes Big Data Streams

The BIG project has interviewed Marco Seiriö, developer and architect at ruleCore, asking him how ruleCore is processing Big Data streams. ruleCore is a young enterprise that develops state of the art Complex Event Processing, the ruleCore CEP Server. The CEP server provides a processing engine for rule-based event detection. Marco says that ruleCore focuses on the analysis and processing engine. For distributing big data streams, ruleCore relies on distributed event distribution mechanisms such as Amazon SQS. This would effectively combine the strengths of each technology.

Call for Participation: W3C Workshop „ Making the Multilingual Web Work“

The MultilingualWeb community develops and promotes best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing, and deploying the Web across boundaries of language.

This W3C workshop aims to raise the visibility of existing best practices and standards for dealing with language on the Internet and on identifying and resolving gaps that keep the Internet from living up to its global potential. 

The event will be held in Rome, on March, 12th-13th 2013 and will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Detailed information on the program of the workshop are available here: http://www.multilingualweb.eu/documents/rome-workshop/rome-program.

Please note: The registration deadline ends on February, 27th!

The registration form and further information on the goals, participants and venue are available here: http://www.multilingualweb.eu/en/documents/rome-workshop/rome-cfp.

Web conference “Smart Government: Drivers and Challenges in Using Analytics and Big Data”

For everyone with a special interest in Big Data strategies in the Public Domain: IDC Government Insights is organizing a free one-hour web conference on "Smart Government: Drivers and Challenges in Using Analytics and Big Data" with focus on the U.S. Government sector.

The web conference will take place on April, 23rd – 12:00-1:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time). IDC Government Insights Research Director for Smart Government Strategies, Adelaide O´Brien, will chair the event.

The U.S. government is positioned to build on current business intelligence/analytics solutions and expand use to Big Data by demonstrating that they can better serve mission-making decisions and take action based on timely, relevant, complete, and accurate information. This webcast focuses on the drivers, challenges, adoption, and government future plans for business intelligence/analytics and Big Data. This webcast is specifically geared toward the offices of chief information officer (CIO) and line-of-business directors in the government sector. Participants will be able to make comparisons with peers in the industry on trends, challenges, and benefits received from deploying these solutions. 

More information on the conference and the registration are available here.

Linked Data on the Web workshop (LDOW2013) @ WWW2013

Co-located with the 22nd International Word Wide Web Conference, the 6th edition of the Linked Data on the Web workshop (LDOW2013) is organized by BIG members in Rio de Janeiro, May, 14th 2013. The 6th Workshop on Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2013) aims to stimulate further research into exploiting this global data graph to deliver transformative applications to large user bases, as well as to mine the graph for implicit knowledge. LDOW2013 will provide a forum for exposing novel, high quality research and applications in all of these areas. In addition, by bringing together researchers in the field, the workshop will further shape the ongoing Linked Data research agenda. Detailed information on the LDOW 2013 are available here: http://events.linkeddata.org/ldow2013/ Further information on the WWW2012 conference, including registration, program and participants are available here: http://www2013.org/

Report on Fraunhofer FOKUS Workshop "Big Data in the Public Sector"

Last week Martin Strohbach (AGT International) attended a workshop on "Big Data in the Public Sector", organized by Fraunhofer FOKUS. The report includes a brief summary of each talk, illustrates the highlists and lists up use cases. Find Martin´s report here.

Big Data Analysis Interview with Alek Kolcz

Big Data Analysis Interview with Alek Kolcz, Data Scientist at Twitter, is out now: http://oufm.open.ac.uk/fm/fmm.php?pwd=997012-4063

Alek Kolcz is a data scientist at Twitter, where he is working in User Personalization and Recommender Systems group, particularly, on the user modeling side. His relationship to the Big Data involves Big Data analysis on Twitter that is a large real time  social networking service with extremely high rate of updates and high information flows per day. 


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