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How hard is it to get into Oxbridge? Applications to Oxbridge close on October 15th.

How hard is it to get into Oxbridge?

But what are your chances of gaining a place? Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Oxford and Cambridge come top of the Guardian's university guide. But how hard is it to be accepted to study there? Across the board, admissions tutors at Oxbridge receive just over five applications for each place – short-listing candidates on the basis of their A-levels and personal statement as well as their performance in any entry tests and/or essay submissions. Focus-mindmap-for-web.jpg (JPEG Image, 1220x889 pixels) - Scaled (72%) How much information is there in the world? Think you're overloaded with information?

How much information is there in the world?

Not even close. A study appearing on Feb. 10 in Science Express, an electronic journal that provides select Science articles ahead of print, calculates the world's total technological capacity -- how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute. "We live in a world where economies, political freedom and cultural growth increasingly depend on our technological capabilities," said lead author Martin Hilbert of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

US Data Consumption. Information Overload Fueled by Bytes, and Hype. Why We Should Learn the Language of Data. Illustration: Ellen Lupton How can global warming be real when there’s so much snow?”

Why We Should Learn the Language of Data

Hearing that question — repeatedly — this past February drove Joseph Romm nuts. A massive snowstorm had buried Washington, DC, and all across the capital, politicians and pundits who dispute the existence of climate change were cackling. The family of Oklahoma senator Jim Inhofe built an igloo near the Capitol and put up a sign reading “Al Gore’s New Home“.

The planet can’t be warming, they said; look at all this white stuff! Romm — a physicist and climate expert with the Center for American Progress — spent a week explaining to reporters why this line of reasoning is so wrong. Statistics is hard. Consider the economy: Is it improving or not? Problem is, to calculate that stat, economists remove stores that have closed from their sample. Or take the raging debate over childhood vaccination, where well-intentioned parents have drawn disastrous conclusions from anecdotal information. Du contenu roi aux données reines. Souvenez-vous… il y a quelques années, le contenu était considéré comme la matière première du web : Celui qui maîtrisait le contenu maitrisait le web (les portails qui agrégeaient de très nombreuses sources de contenu concentraient également l’audience).

Du contenu roi aux données reines

Puis il y a eu MySpace, les Skyblogs, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare… et maintenant il parait que c’est la communauté qui est reine. The evolution of data products. In “What is Data Science?

The evolution of data products

,” I started to talk about the nature of data products. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of exciting new products, most of which involve data analysis to an extent that we couldn’t have imagined a few years ago. But that begs some important questions: What happens when data becomes a product, specifically, a consumer product? The New Big Data.

Top scientists from companies such as Google and Yahoo are gathered alongside leading academics at the 17th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) in San Diego this week.

The New Big Data

They will present the latest techniques for wresting insights from the deluge of data produced nowadays, and for making sense of information that comes in a wider variety of forms than ever before. Twenty years ago, the only people who cared about so-called “big data”—the only ones who had enormous data sets and the motivation to try to process them—were members of the scientific community, says Usama Fayyad, executive chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining and former chief data officer at Yahoo.

Six Provocations for Big Data by Danah Boyd, Kate Crawford. Danah boyd Microsoft Research; New York University (NYU) - Department of Media, Culture, and Communication; University of New South Wales (UNSW); Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society Kate Crawford Microsoft Research; MIT Center for Civic Media; University of New South Wales (UNSW)September 21, 2011 A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, September 2011.

Six Provocations for Big Data by Danah Boyd, Kate Crawford

Big Data’s Impact in the World. Mo Zhou was snapped up by I.B.M. last summer, as a freshly minted Yale M.B.A., to join the technology company’s fast-growing ranks of data consultants.

Big Data’s Impact in the World

They help businesses make sense of an explosion of data — Web traffic and social network comments, as well as software and sensors that monitor shipments, suppliers and customers — to guide decisions, trim costs and lift sales. “I’ve always had a love of numbers,” says Ms. Zhou, whose job as a data analyst suits her skills. To exploit the data flood, America will need many more like her.

A report last year by the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, projected that the United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with “deep analytical” expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers, whether retrained or hired. Why Big Data is now such a big deal. One of the most famous quotes in the history of the computing industry is the assertion that "640KB ought to be enough for anybody", allegedly made by Bill Gates at a computer trade show in 1981 just after the launch of the IBM PC.

Why Big Data is now such a big deal

The context was that the Intel 8088 processor that powered the original PC could only handle 640 kilobytes of Random Access Memory (RAM) and people were questioning whether that limit wasn't a mite restrictive. Gates has always denied making the statement and I believe him; he's much too smart to make a mistake like that. He would have known that just as you can never be too rich or too thin, you can also never have too much RAM. The computer on which I'm writing this has four gigabytes (GB) of it, which is roughly 6,000 times the working memory of the original PC, but even then it sometimes struggles with the software it has to run. Big Data : la nécessité d’un débat. Il nous a semblé intéressant de traduire, de façon collaborative (via Framapad), l’essai original que viennent de publier danah boyd et Kate Crawford présentant “Six provocations au sujet du phénomène des Big Data”.Ces chercheuses, orientées vers l’ethnographie des usages des technologies de communication, s’interrogent – en toute connaissance de cause [cf. cette étude sur les tweets des révolutions tunisiennes et égyptiennes à laquelle a participé danah boyd]- sur les limites épistémologiques, méthodologiques, mais aussi éthiques des Big Data : champ d’études qui s’ouvre aujourd’hui sur la base des énormes jeux de données que fournit internet, en particulier celles générées par l’activité des usagers des sites de réseaux sociaux, que seuls des systèmes informatiques ont la capacité de collecter et de traiter.

Big Data : la nécessité d’un débat

L’histoire de l’innovation contemporaine c’est les Big Data. Suisse: une clinique dans un musée guérit les intoxiqués de l'information. Suisse: une clinique dans un musée guérit les intoxiqués de l'information BERNE (Suisse) - Affaire DSK, crise de la dette grecque, guerre en Libye... Trop d'informations peut rendre malade. THE COUNTRY'S PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL: Apple's Huge New Data Center In North Carolina Created Only 50 Jobs. Apple Yes, it's huge. But only 50 people work there. Optimists argue that the solution to the US's sky-high unemployment and income inequality is more companies like Apple--the resurgent tech company that has revolutionized the digital industry and become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Apple has not not only created amazing, beloved products.

It has created enormous profits, vast shareholder wealth, and more than 60,000 jobs. If only America produced more companies like Apple (and Amazon, and Google, and Facebook, et al), the story goes, the country's problems would be fixed.