Big Data

Data Has An Image Problem

Guy Marson | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Guy Marson

Data is supposed to be the new oil, powering all industries and underpinning major business decisions. That said, ask any Tom, Dick or Harry on the street what the word data means to them and they are likely to draw a blank.

Data Projects: More Than Just Marketing

Matt Jones | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Jones

Organisations shouldn't assume data is simply an advertising tool, nor should non-digital businesses dismiss data as the preserve of the new, digital kids. Marketing is not only a very small subset of data's potential; it is also a completely different approach to analytics to the vast majority of data projects.

The Next Revolution: Democratising Healthcare

Bhoopathi Rapolu | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Bhoopathi Rapolu

For the lucky, access to healthcare is a given. It is there when we need it, just as any basic human requirement should be. The provision of healthcar...

The Precious Family Photos Being Taken Hostage

Dr Simon Rice | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Simon Rice

How would you feel if a cybercriminal caused the photos of your son or daughter's first Christmas or birthday party to be lost forever? That's the r...

Bad Data Is Bad For Your Health

Claire Woodcock | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Woodcock

Biases can only be fixed if you're aware of them, yet the clinicians who may have learned from past research are not the people who develop algorithms. How can we expect a programmer with a Computer Science degree to recognise that the data he is looking at is biased?

How Millennial Digital Wizards Are Powering The Leeds City Region's Gaming Industry

Roger Marsh | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Marsh

I was flicking through the i newspaper the other day when one particular article grabbed my attention. According to a new 12-month study for the National Citizen Service, almost half of teenagers in Yorkshire and the Humber (48%) think the area they live in will negatively influence their chances in life. This was the highest rate in the country.

It's Trump, But It's Not Trump

Conor McNicholas | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Politics
Conor McNicholas

It's not about Trump. I mean, it clearly is a bit about Trump because he's just been elected President of the United States of America, but actually there are far bigger forces at play here than even him. The mistake would be to allow ourselves to be distracted by the shouty orange thing rather than looking to what's created the shouty orange thing.

How To Make Your Mark As A Woman In Big Data

Kavitha Mariappan | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Kavitha Mariappan

As a marketing executive at a big data startup, my day often revolves around analysing and discovering hidden trends and patterns from our lead data, and providing guidance to my team on strategies to maximise our conversion rates.

How Artificial Intelligence And Analytics Deal With Insider Threats

Ben Dickson | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Ben Dickson

These are insider threats, the number one contributing factor to security incidents within enterprises. Despite what you see in hacker movies such as Blackhat, the biggest threat to organisations' networks are the people who are working for them.

Data And AI - How Healthcare Should Use It (Or, Florence And The Machine)

Max Gadney | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Max Gadney

Austerity economies have squeezed public health services while private suppliers compete on ever tighter margins. But there are ways to improve. One aspect of modern technology is particularly useful to improving health - beyond hardware and devices, there is data.

What The US Presidential Election Result Tells Us About the Failures Of Big Data Analytics And Neoliberalism As Big Data Capitalism

Christian Fuchs | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Fuchs

Big politics is big data. That is at least what we are today often led to believe. A study estimates that in the third US presidential election debate...

The Facebook/Admiral Scandal Shows The Limits And Dangers Of Big Data Capitalism

Christian Fuchs | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

Risk is the insurance's commodity: Humans are looking for certainty in an uncertain world and insurance companies promise them means of managing risk. Insurance companies' capital accumulation model is that they seek for ways of minimising the number of actual insurance events in order to maximise their profits.

How To Kickstart Your Career In Data Science

Bhoopathi Rapolu | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Bhoopathi Rapolu

The financial services, retail and eCommerce sectors are leading the charge in hiring data scientists to help them better understand different audience segments and target them with products and offerings that are tailored to their tastes.

Lessons From The 80s - Why The Humble VCR Is Still Relevant Today

Rob Mellor | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech
Rob Mellor

But in the world of business technology, we still lag someway behind in our thinking. All too often business applications are designed with masses of functionality that are created to justify an expensive upgrade path but result in users only exploiting small percentages of the available functionality

Finding That Needle In The Huge Data Stack

Michael Upchurch | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Michael Upchurch

Today, things have changed. New, powerful analytical solutions not only cost less to build than traditional platforms and perform more than ten times faster, but, crucially, business users can now sift through data using familiar reporting tools, gaining easy access to powerful on-demand analytics and allowing data scientists to focus on building models instead of running reports.

What We Follow On Social Media May Be Holding Women Back

Edwina Dunn | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Tech
Edwina Dunn

But in a world where we constantly ask why it is that women don't 'reach higher' in their careers and with their ambitions, it may be worth thinking about more examples of what successful women look like - what they do. It would be uplifting to see more women say 'if she has done that, maybe I can too.'

Keeping Up With The i-Joneses

Sean Farrington | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

This week's National Coding Week is testament to this. Despite our reliance on technology and technical solutions to drive our work and personal lives, few of us actually understand the inner workings or the technology that facilitate a wonderful user experience

The NHS For The Amazon Age

James Hargrave | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

When talking about the health service, it is often more prudent to use the language of theology rather than policy. Phrases such as "hands off our NHS" and "the NHS saved my life" are common place and demonstrate the reverence the British people have for it, and the personal ownership many of us feel we have over it. Nigel Lawson's adage that it is the closest thing we have to a national religion still rings true.

The Contradictions Of Big Data In Healthcare

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Tech
Amitava Banerjee

Whether in terms of regulation, research or public expectation, there appear to be differences in the way commercial, research and clinical sectors are operating with health data...if researchers, health professionals and technology companies continue to work in silos, then application of big data to healthcare will remain as potential rather than reality.

The Other Side Of The Big Data Equation

Edward Lowe | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

Business leaders need to focus on the people, their communications and meetings rather than the data itself. It is the way in which decision making is made that should be most influenced by data, but it is the hardest change to make.

The Danger of Gorging on Advertising Data

Richard Shotton | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

An unbounded enthusiasm for data is dangerous and advertisers should avoid harnessing data merely because it exists. Instead, as much time, energy and effort should be expended in choosing which data sets to ignore as which to use. Advertisers who resist this painful cull, and gorge on data, might end up regretting it.

Why Data Analytics Should Play the Leading Role

Sean Farrington | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

What these films and shows don't highlight is the amount of data analysis that would need to go on in the background in real life. Let's take Containment to start with: how would they know how much of the city to cordon off?

The Data Game

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Sport
Nicholas Shaw

Like most kids, I spent many a day dream winning trophies and representing my country on various sporting battlefields. Like most adults, I spend many an hour shouting at or cheering on the men and women who actually made those dreams a reality.

The Data Game

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

Like most kids, I spent many a day dream winning trophies and representing my country on various sporting battlefields. Like most adults, I spend many an hour shouting at or cheering on the men and women who actually made those dreams a reality.

Zen and the Art of Cloud Computing

David Richards | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Tech
David Richards

As Pirsig once said "The solutions are simple - after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are" - a testament to the success of cloud computing and why it is here to stay.