ACADEMIC RESEARCH: Is Academia Still Relevant In A Big Data World In Which Companies Lead The Way? The “big data” revolution has transformed more than industry – it is reshaping how academic research is conducted as well. As computational quantitative methods increasingly infuse across nontraditional academic disciplines, they are upending the traditional balance in which academia pioneers new approaches and industry commercializes them. In the big data era, only a handful of universities possess the datasets, computational resources and expertise to make seminal advances and even those institutions typically partner with major companies to gain access to their unique resources. This raises the very real question of how top granting agencies like the US National Science Foundation (NSF) can remain relevant in an era in which their reviewers, drawn largely from academia, are increasingly unable to cope with the exponentially changing field of big data. Read more
PUBLIC SECTOR: Why the Government Needs Predictive Analytics. Data can appear lifeless and dull on the surface—especially government data—but the thought of it should actually get you excited. Data is the very most interesting and powerful thing. First off, data is exactly the stuff we bother to write down—and for good reason. But its potential far transcends functions like tracking and bookkeeping: Data encodes great quantities of experience, and computers can learn from that experience to make everything work better. Read more
MIND THE GAP: Coping with Big Data’s Big Costs. In an increasingly data-driven world, with flourishing data volumes and improvements to technological infrastructure, big data promises to benefit businesses in nearly every industry. A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that companies leveraging advanced analytics will, on average, experience profit gains and operational improvements between 5 and 6 percent higher than their competitors. By 2020, the revenue generated by big data and business analytics will surpass $200 billion. It would seem the question of whether big data can deliver business value has been firmly settled. Read more
DEFENSE: CIA to Use Amazon Cloud to Run Big Data Intelligence Experiments. The Central Intelligence Agency is looking to team up with industry experts to run a series of open-source intelligence projects using its Amazon cloud. Read more
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