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One of the biggest tropes in the era of big data is that data is the new oil — it’s very valuable…
We’re generating more data than ever and analyzing a lot more of it, too. But when it comes to responding quickly to potential public health crises or other situations, we need more data, more analysis and more people paying attention to it all.
A researcher has analyzed the past 35 years of world history in order to find periods most similar to present-day Ukraine and Arab-Spring-era Egypt. It’s a great example of the power of big data to point us in the direction of how to solve complicated problems.
Microsoft and Amazon Web Services both announced research grant programs on Tuesday, promising millions of hours of cloud computing resources to winning researchers, as well as access to mountains of government data.
Uber is claiming that late-night train service in Boston has resulted in decreased Uber rides after bars close on the weekends. And, the company claims, it’s happy about it because its customers are happier.
Connected devices can generate gobs of data, but if we’re going to open it up we’re also going to the need the context that will make it meaningful.
Amazon Web Services, Gnip and two Australian research institutions have teamed up to track the emotions of tweets in near real-time and offer the data to the public via visualizations, downloadable tables and an API.
Twitter has announced the winners of its inaugural data grants program, which provide select researchers with access to the entire history of tweets. The six winning projects are wide ranging, from gastrointestinal illnesses to sports.
The Senate passed an amended version of the Data Accountability and Transparency (or DATA) Act on Thursday, nearly five months after the House…
City of Palo Alto CIO Jonathan Reichental came on the Structure Show podcast this week and talked about the promise of open government data. However, he cautioned, we’re a long way from where we need to be — and end that will require governments to change, too.
With location becoming a key part of many new apps and services, the use of free OpenStreetMap data seems like a no-brainer. But, as OpenCage Data company Lokku learned, there’s a lot of complexity involved.
Nearly one year into his tenure as Chief Technology Office for the Department of Health and Human Services, Bryan Sivak chats about how open data can transform health care and why entrepreneurs should care.
The financial technology firm will use the funding to push on into Europe, which – by happy coincidence – has just decided to adopt governmental open data policies across the board.
A New York newspaper has come under fire for publishing a map with the addresses of registered gun owners — data that is legally public, but not often published. The incident raises a number of thorny questions about what personal information should be made public and when.
By accessing and combining publicly-available datasets, health innovators are letting patients and others view connections between physicians. The so-called “DocGraph,” as one hacktivist calls it, could give patients a valuable window into who their doctors trust.
Germany’s state-owned rail company has threatened a developer with legal action for publishing its timetables and station coordinates – data it’s handed over to Google in an exclusive deal. The developer says he’s just trying to keep the public informed.
Moves to allow the digitization of ‘orphan works’ and free up the metadata around 20 million cultural objects will benefit the public and could inspire a new wave of apps and web services. But the underlying motivation is fundamentally political.
In domains like financial services, the buying and selling of data is commonplace, and providers such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters are…
As more “open data” comes online, finding the right data, managing its access and workflow, and fostering collaboration, is the problem startup Junar wants to attack with its new Open Data Platform. Customers can try it out for free, starting now.
According to some researchers, web companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook are doing the research world a disservice because they won’t make their datasets available for peer review. These researchers have a point, but privacy concerns might always trump openness where openness matters at all.
The British government is gambling on the idea that greater access to public data will encourage economic growth — and resurrecting a plan it had previously killed to build a world-leading open data research center.
Factual, an open data start-up built by Applied Semantics co-founder Gil Elbaz, has raised $25 million in first-round funding to expand its data API service. The company is trying to build a platform for open data that developers can tap to power their applications.
Open source is losing relevance as a standalone business strategy, but makes a great deal of sense as part of a larger strategy built on open data, open APIs, and more. Those still fixated on licensing are missing the point, not to mention big revenue opportunities.
Today’s recommended reading links include a fascinating look at a ghost town in the California desert, an analysis of why more free parking would be bad for cities, an inspiring story about how open data helped Alzheimer’s research and a graveyard for computers in Ghana.