September 10, 2012

Big Data Data Governance
Many big data (i.e., NoSQL) projects are running ungoverned in many ways – lack of data governance being only one. After speaking with many on those projects, as a rule, I don’t think they don’t want to do data governance with their big data projects.

The Power of Subtraction
By removing things one creates self-imposed constraints, but also clarity and a cleaner context for inspired innovation... Here are five "laws of subtraction" for business leaders to consider:

Operation Australia claims attack on government websites
Tweeting from the @Op_Australia account, the hackers claimed to have brought down the websites belonging to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the prime minister, and federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

Making sense of human resources and big data
... the need for HR to become more numbers- or evidence-based (before that was the common term) and how it should develop its own expertise and theories about what data analytics would help. It wasn’t happening then and it’s hard to get a handle on how much is actually happening now, or what it can actually do for HR.

Some key elements for Open Government Accountability and Interoperability
Presentation of Carlos E. Jiménez, from IEEE, in the International Open Government Data Conference 2012, Co-sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration,, the World Bank Open Data Initiative and the Open Development Technology Alliance.

Open Data, a New Platform for Cities
 In this always-developing technology of data analytics, many cities have already witnessed improvements in services. At a time when infrastructure funding at the federal level has been cut, U.S. cities are embracing technologies that lower costs while improving services. Global cities are also benefiting from the cost-savings of data analytics.

Android Smartphones To Power NASA Satellites
In October, NASA plans to send a two-pound, ten-ounce cube-shaped satellite the size of a coffee cup into space aboard a rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va. However, it's not just the size of the satellite that likely will pique curiosity, but the fact that the on-board electronics will consist of the guts of HTC Nexus One and Samsung Nexus S smartphones running Android.

Where PayPal leads in solving failure others must follow
 PayPal's president is getting personally and publicly involved with account management. Enterprise software vendors should follow his example but will they?

Levels of Abstractions in Big Data
While this is certainly true of any type of software, the consequences are even more severe in the area of Big Data because abstractions there are often quite new and potentially imperfect and because there is considerably more technical lock-in into a given solution.

Cloudnymous launches cloud-based privacy cloak
Startup Cloudnymous has launched a new cloud-based anonymous VPN service which lets users access any restricted or censored website.

Best advanced compact cameras
You might already own an SLR, but would like the convenience of a smaller camera. On the other hand, you might just be getting into photography, and want a camera that will grow with you as your skills improve. Here are some of the most competent compacts for advanced photographers, and anyone looking for a little more control.

Quotes for the day:

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If there is no door to your dream, create one.” -- E'yen A. Gardner

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