Data

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.

Companies Need to Put Data at the Heart of All Communications Strategies

Sara Benwell | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Sara Benwell

Data has always been important in communications, but it has never been more critical than it is now. In today's world, newspapers are facing increasing pressure to cut costs and produce more news in less time.

Spending Up, Consumption Down: The Impact of Price Rises and Recession

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.

CES: Just Because You Can, Does Not Mean You Should

Marco Bertozzi | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Tech
Marco Bertozzi

The annual pilgramage to CES this year created quite an impression. The big themes were relentless connectivity and tracking, the concept of the Internet of Everything from Cisco, basically the intersection of humans, objects and technology and finally wearable technology.

Who Owns the Data?

Sean Farrington | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

The past twelve months have seen more businesses take ownership of their data than ever before. Finding ways to exploit and make use of the information they've had in their company all along means they gain insights to improve everything from operations, to staff deployment through to customer service.

Big Data in 2014: Five Predictions

Mark Braund | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.

Fashion Technology London 2014- Part Two

Chloe Watts | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

Consumers are all constantly bombarded with thousands of products and brands but sometimes less is more. rufflr allows users to separate the wheat from the chaff, helping them to find amazing products through amazing people.

Fashion Technology London 2014- Part One

Chloe Watts | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

London is known worldwide for it's fashion names, from Alexander McQueen to Kate Moss to Isabella Blow, we have some of the top dogs in the business, but there are a few new members, bringing something a little bit different to the fashion scene and well they are doing nothing but expanding their empires fast.

Encrypting Your Data Is a Good Thing... Unless Someone Else Has Done It

David Emm | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

'Ransomware' Trojans, as the name suggests, are designed to directly extort money from their victims. They may block access to a computer's file system, or encrypt data that's stored on it and then ask for a payment to release the data.

Braving the Data Deluge

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Larger businesses have been reaping the benefits of data analysis to make better business decisions. The rise of data discovery tools within these organisations means that data itself has real currency, and plays a key role in helping decision-makers to get their jobs done. T

Big Data: A Big Opportunity

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew H. Harding

Big Data is raising challenging questions about the future role of finance. Accountants could be sidelined as professionals who are seen to specialise in providing financial accounts to report past performance.

Where Is Your Stuff?

Allen Scott | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

You probably have a sock drawer littered with lonesome socks for which you could swear there used to be a partner. The Internet has become the sock drawer of digital content. The problem with the Internet is that someone else might be wearing the other sock!

The Five Which? Charts That Frame the Autumn Statement

Matthew Oakley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

When the Chancellor stands up to give his Autumn Statement on Thursday, he will be reassured that the economy and consumer views are more positive than this time last year. But Which? consumer insight shows that the battle isn't yet won.

UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Julian Hunt | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward.

Lies, Damned Lies and Data Visualisations?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

We find it very hard to process large amounts of text information and at this point, data visualisation comes to our rescue and allows us to interpret many data points simultaneously. Having said that, a pretty picture alone is not what makes the visualisation a valuable asset.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark... Data

Nick Patience | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

It's the dawn of the living data and information growth is out of control; companies are ending up with Terabytes or Petabytes of information. Successful organisations run and are dependent on information.

Data Revenge

Christian Toon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Companies beware! Losing your information has the potential to harm a business far more than an angry tweet.

The Quant of One: Big Data's Next Big Thing

Simon Pont | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Pont

'Big Data'. It's been the label du jour long enough for speculators to question if it's time to fire up a new dawn and invert the prefix. Maybe data is no longer big? Maybe it's small?