Data

The Migration Conundrum

Dan Russon | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Russon

As a company, Facebook has realised that the gap between "IT" and "the business" has all but disappeared, and that the ethos driving its developer ecosystem must work hand in hand with the business to grow profitability and market share. This represents a major transformation journey encompassing multiple migration initiatives.

Can 'Big Data' Value Who We Truly Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech
Tony Lobl

As the move to mine big data gains momentum, we remain forever free to dig deeper for healing solutions and seek the spiritual growth and better health that a divinely accurate self-assessment can bring.

What Did the World Cup Do for Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Some stories are best told with visualisation... They aren't flashy; they are simple and designed to convey key information quickly... The amount of data being generated by the World Cup lets us explore anything.

Become the Ultimate Raconteur: Storytelling With Data

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

What's the best story you've ever been told? What's the best piece of fiction you've ever read? What is it about the memories of those that have made them stick in your mind? Defining what a story is and why they have impact is very difficult. At its heart a story has characters, a narrative, tension, and a resolution. What if you could take the key aspects of storytelling and apply them to data?

Africa's Technology Boom: Opportunity or Myth?

Furhaad Shah | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Tech
Furhaad Shah

Only a decade ago, to speak of Africa and technology would have seemed nonsensical. Today, it is part of a growing global conversation.

'Insufficient Storage Available': Why the World's Hard Drive Is Nearly Full

Mark Whitby | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

The world of connected everything is swift-approaching. A world where everyday objects - from our toothbrush to our car to our glasses - are able to communicate, save and share data. This is a time of great innovation with an avalanche of ever-smarter devices beginning to move our way, generating more and more data.

Data: As With Most Things, It's Not What You've Got, It Is How You Use It

Donald Hamilton | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Tech
Donald Hamilton

Usable customer insight from every touch-point will allow a business to reduce churn, increase satisfaction and grow revenues. Customer retention budget should be used in tandem with acquisition budgets to ensure that the customers being generated are the ones that you want to retain and supply your business with great long-term value.

The Might of the Data Specialists

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns

Many European industrial companies consider themselves to be well prepared for the digital transformation. But what they are underestimating is that the USA, with their software and data competence, now have the chance to reclaim a leading role as an industrial venue.

Every Human On Earth. Dumped In The Grand Canyon. Just Because.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Tech

Admit it, you've always wanted to know how big the pile would be if every human on Earth was dumped in the Grand Canyon. Well wait no more, here it...

Socialising the Web of Data

Alice Bonasio | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

What we see with data today is a similar situation to what we had in the era prior to Web 2.0, where there was a lot of content around, but socialisation over that content was not enabled. Just as we've seen with the social media boom of recent years, however, there is now an opportunity and appetite for creating communities of interest around the socialisation of data.

We Need to Think Small to Meet Insatiable Demand for Data

Duncan Higgins | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

The UK has the largest digital economy in the G20 and we need fresh ideas and innovation to stay ahead and support our economic recovery. However, ideas alone will not be enough to sustain this powerful competitive advantage.

Analog Is the New Organic

André Wilkens | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Tech
André Wilkens

Snowden has shown us that in the digital world a level of surveillance is possible and practiced that would never have been accepted in analogue democracies. Now people start to rebel

The Internet of Things - What's It All about?

Paul Lees | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Lees

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced at CeBIT that the government will be supplying £45m to research funding and executing a review of how to make the most of the 'Internet of Things' technology.

The Future Is What We Make It: Human vs. Inhuman, It's Our Choice

Dan Machen | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

The word technology comes from the Greek 'tekhnologia', meaning either the 'art or craft' through which we move things, or the 'systematic treatment' of things.

The Power of Paper in an Age of Big Data

Christian Toon | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

A few years ago, Qinetiq, a leading defence company, built a small unmanned aircraft to take pictures of its hot air balloon record attempt.

The Surveillance Debate - Shaken But Not Stirred

Eva Pascoe | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Eva Pascoe

Yvette Cooper was a member of ISC, the Intelligence and Security Committee from 1997-1999, so although not a Bond girl, she knows very well how to shake surveillance discussion up and where the skeletons of the oversight are to be found.

Getty Images Go Free -for the Data

Paul Blanchard | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

Now I'm not a photographer but I do know, and work with, quite a few of them. A couple of weeks ago they seemed happy and well-adjusted, as content as any bunch of creative sole-traders. But last week something happened that changed all that and I suddenly started receiving lots of off-loading emails full of rage and hate. Getty Images had started giving away photographers' stock photos for free.

Lots of Data on the Costs of Essentials (But More Is Still Needed)

Matthew Oakley | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Anyone following the economic and political debate in recent years will have found it hard to escape the fact that the price of essentials is rising. While most have accepted this as a given, and policy makers have been tussling to tame the rises, what has been missing from the public debate has been hard evidence on precisely how much these rises have impacted households over time.

Where Would We Be Without Immigrants?

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Damian Kimmelman

It baffles me that the immigration debate in Britain always focuses on how much it costs to bring in immigrants, rather than how much they offer back. Right now in the US, for example, 60% of the top technology businesses have migrant founders. Can we in Britain really afford to risk turning away the next Sergey Brin?

Dealing With Our Data

Judi Sutherland | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Judi Sutherland

I think many of us have been shocked at the recent disclosures about NHS data - our health data - being sold to insurance companies for a couple of thousand pounds, and as we now know, thanks to the work done by GP / MP Sarah Wollaston, being uploaded on to Google servers by PA Consulting.

Jeremy Hunt Bans Sale Of NHS Data

PA | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

Insurance companies will not be able to buy patient medical records through the controversial NHS data scheme, the Health Secretary has announced. ...

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

Stop Denying People Their Right to Health

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

Across the world, ethnic and cultural minorities are marginalised and experiencing more poverty and worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, but there is a lack of statistical information around this. By measuring national averages, the MDGs cover up this situation and fail to incentivise countries to breakdown of data into sub-national groups.

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

The Big Data Opportunity Sliced and Diced - Vertically

Sean Farrington | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

The best big data is the data generated as a by-product of operational, customer and supplier processes. The data that people naturally share, and are willing to, in return for a better experience or end product. And the best big data is when it becomes information that is readily analysed by business users for useful insights.