Data

Government Chief Data Officer? We Need an Army of Data Analysts

Simon Dennis | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

By 2020 there will be 56.000 jobs across the UK for big data specialists, yet over three-quarters of big data positions are currently described as difficult to fill. Crucially, using data in public services is about achieving efficiencies, and that is key for any future government.

Where Will Technology Be in 2020?

Roger Keenan | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

Data outages are already crippling for businesses and consumers alike, but imagine the impact of a cloud failure in 2020; cars losing control, smart homes crashing and no access to your personal data. An IT apocalypse.

An 'app-y' 2015

Baukjen de Swaan Arons | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Tech
Baukjen de Swaan Arons

It wasn't until I was discussing my new walking app followed by my new meditation app with a friend that I realised how 'app-y' my life had become. I'...

Don't hide your data. Show it in all its glory!

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

10,000+ data points can be processed perfectly well by the human eye. In fact, this view is incredibly rich and easy to process and invites exploration. What's incredible is that our eyes are evolved to see and work with this level of detail. We can easily cast our eye around and explore.

X Marks the Spot: How Businesses are using Geocoding for Precision and Accuracy

Tim Barber | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Tim Barber

Like most great technologies, location intelligence technology has become so embedded in our lives that as consumers, we barely even know we're using it.

Anti-Screen Scraping Ts and Cs Can Be Effective, Rules European Court

Andrew Tibber | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that website terms and conditions prohibiting the wholesale extraction of data - aka screen-scraping - can be enforceable.

CES 2015: Connections and Connectivity

Mark Whitby | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

There is still plenty of work to be done to develop standardised platforms before an 'IoT' revolution can take place. However, it is fair to say that data will be the lifeblood of the complex networks of smart devices which are set to become central to making our lives easier.

Five Consumer Themes to Watch in 2015

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Overall consumers had much to be positive about in 2014 and the start of 2015 has seen both consumers in their strongest position since our tracking began and continued signs of easing inflationary pressure (particularly on essentials). But that doesn't mean that there are not challenges ahead...

What Links Magic and Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

This routine is the perfect mix of sleights, misdirection and patter. If you are interested in data visualization, you owe yourself 30 minutes to enjoy this display. It encapsulates everything you shouldn't do in your charts: misdirect, confuse and confound!

2015 in Focus: Data Deluge, Privacy and Hybrid Cloud

Mark Whitby | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Whitby

Making predictions in the fast-paced technology world today can be tricky. However, there are several clear-cut trends developing as we approach 2015 that deserve close attention from the industry at large.

Cybersecurity: 'Be Paranoid - It helps'

Caroline Hyde | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Caroline Hyde

Well, in the news they seem to be....and doesn't Sony know it. It is the latest big company to be thrown into the media spotlight as a result of highly embarrassing data breaches, reported to have occurred in both its Pictures and PlayStation units.

Data Privacy - Boom or Bust?

Marco Bertozzi | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Marco Bertozzi

It is fortunate for all of us that we don't see all the news all of the time, or become aware of all the futuristic ways companies are planning to engage with us. I recently read the book The Circle by Dave Eggers which paints a worrying picture of the future based around the over dominance of one 'social media' company. ..

Sofa Surfing Is a Huge Problem for Our Young People - Now We Must Act

Paul Noblet | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Paul Noblet

How can you begin to tackle a problem that you know exists but about the scale of which there are no official figures? This is the problem facing charities and the government when it comes to supporting the thousands of under-25s who have sofa surfed over the past 12 months.

Are You up for a Data Revolution?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

Bounty-Hunting in a Digital World Is a Tough Game

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

It begins with the skip tracer collecting as much information as possible about the 'subject' who has to be traced down to his/her current inhabitation. The information that has been made available with the government agencies and family members is analyzed, reduced and then verified for its credibility.

Emerging Markets Are Powering Their Own Tech Growth

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

For the vast majority of people living in the West, when you think about smartphones just two brands immediately spring to mind: Apple and Samsung. But if you live anywhere outside Europe or America, then it's likely that your first thought is not either of these giants, but the Chinese smartphone brand, Xiaomi.

Michael Rundle

Google Want You To Trust Them With All Your Personal Data They Already Have

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech

Google has a problem, which is that if you're feeling paranoid, use the right combination of language or just aren't paying attention, its best produc...

How Do You Tell a Dataviz Expert From an Amateur?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

You need to make a chart for your bosses. It needs to be just right: it has to communicate the message correctly in order to get your bosses to make the correct decision. But - wait - you're a data visualization novice. Oh no! How do you know you're going to make the right chart for the job?

Google 'Right To Be Forgotten' Stats Reveal Thousands Of UK Requests

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Tech

Britons have asked Google to remove more than 60,000 web links from its results under the "right to be forgotten" law, the search engine has revealed....

Why a Chart Should Start, Not End, a Conversation

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

An effective chart can answer many questions, but it can never answer all questions. It might answer the exact question the chart designer wanted to answer, but even the most astute designer cannot control his or her audience. A curious audience will read a chart and, with luck, come up with new questions.

The 2014 Consumer: Living in a Data Wonderland

Jack R. Miles | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Tech
Jack R. Miles

A couple of years ago the immediate actions of a cyclist following a lengthy ride would be eat, stretch and shower. This was until Strava came along. Strava is the app which allows cyclists to record their core metrics (distance travelled, average speed, elevation gain etc.)

How Should We Judge the Success of a School?

Julie Booth | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Families will always seek out information, and many will undertake detailed research, when they are choosing a school for their child. An inspection report or league table may help, but most parents recognise that they can only ever provide a snapshot of the education on offer.

Top Three Big Data Myths: Debunked

Nick Patience | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

At the end of the day, good data hygiene means that organisations should keep what's valuable and purge what's not. This unassailable fact doesn't really change despite the emergence of big data.

Three Reasons Why Being Nice Is More Important Than Being Sexy

Liz Marie | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

I don't believe that nice guys finish last. At all. Whatsoever. In fact, male or female-being a genuinely nice and caring individual will take you much further, and much faster, than being the hottest person in the pub or on your online dating website.