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More from James Locus

Nothing happens in a vacuum anymore.  Cities now have the ability to use information collected from a massive variety of sources in order help solve common city problems.  The information can arise from anywhere – tweets, blog posts, and meter readings all can serve to inform public officials (and citizens as a whole) about how to better interact in a data-drenched world.

Most famously, IBM’s Smart Cities initiative looks at how city governments meet the needs of their expanding populations by using available resources more efficiently. …

Small companies, big data.

Big data is sometimes at odds with the business-savvy entrepreneur who wants to exploit its full potential.   In essence, the business potential of big data is the massive (but promising) elephant in the room that remains invisible because the available talent necessary to take full advantage of the technology is difficult to obtain.

Inventing new technology for the platform is critical, but so too is making it easier to use.…

The following is Part 2 of 2 on data in education. The first article introduces the concept and application of data in education. The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Big data analytics are coming to public education. In 2012, the US Department of Education (DOE) was part of a host of agencies to share a $200 million initiative to begin applying big data analytics to their respective functions.…

The following is Part 1 of 2 on data in education.  The first article introduces the concepts of how data is used in education.  The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Learning to Learn

The education industry is transforming into a 21st century data-driven enterprise.   Metrics based assessment has been a powerful force that has swept the national education community in response to widespread policy reform. …

What lessons might the anime (Japanese animation) “Ghost in the Shell” teach us about the future of big data?  The show, originally a graphic novel from creator Masamune Shirow, explores the consequences of a “hyper”-connected society so advanced one is able to download one’s consciousness temporarily into human-like android shells (hence the work’s title).  If this sounds familiar, it’s because Ghost in the Shell was a major point of inspiration for the Wachowski brothers, the creators of the  Matrix Trilogy.…

Weather Hurts

Catastrophic weather events like the historic 2011 floods in Pakistan or prolonged droughts in the horn of Africa make living conditions unspeakably harsh for tens of millions of families living in these affected areas.  In the US, the winter storms of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 brought record-setting snowfall, forcing mighty metropolises into an icy standstill. Extreme weather can profoundly impact the human kind.

The effects of extreme weather can send terrible ripples throughout an entire community. …

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