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Big Data Analysis Interview with Andraz Tori, Founder and CTO of Zemanta

Andraz Tori

In this interview Andraz mainly covers Hadoop framework, explains why it was successful and provides interesting remarks on why the US seems to do better than Europe in Big Data technologies at the moment.

The Flashmeeting is available from here: http://fm.ea-tel.eu/fm/fmm.php?pwd=8d9a4d-32917 (note: there is a difference between the volumes in the voices, however this can be adjusted simply by clicking on our names in the bottom panel)

Or check the MP3 Audio file from:  http://fm.ea-tel.eu/flashmedia/flashmeeting/fm32917_8d9a4d-32917/mp3/audio.mp3

Andraz Tori is a CTO and co-founder of Zemanta, a 5-years old company dealing with semantic analysis of text for the purpose of having a personal writing assistant and general purpose recommendations. In terms of Big Data Andraz characterizes Zemanta as a “small data” inside Big Data. The company operates in terabytes of compressed data, running CPU intensive operations. 


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/

Big Data Analysis Interview (with Frank van Harmelen)

Check Big Data Analysis interview with Frank van Harmelen!

The talk covers two large areas: a number of technologies which need to be deployed before large scale reasoning and then large scale reasoning itself.

Frank van Harmelen is a Dutch Computer Scientist and Professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning in the AI department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2nd Data Analysis Interview (with Sören Auer)

Second data analysis interview with Sören Auer out now!

Sören Auer in one of leading experts in Semantic Web technologies, particularly, in Linked Data area. Sören is a coordinator of EU-FP7-ICT LOD2 - Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data project, which aims to support a lifecycle of Linked Data on the Web ranging from extraction of information, authoring, quality analysis, visualization, user interfaces for exploration of Linked Data etc. Sören is a member of Leipzig research group dealing with such a well known project as DBPedia.


First Data Analysis Interview (with Jim Hendler)

Check out our first data analysis interview with Jim Hendler at OUFM!

James Alexander Hendler is an artificial intelligence researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, and one of the originators of the Semantic Web.



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