Cloud Data Design
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Over the last few months, Creative Commons has been working on the next version of its license suite, version 4.0 . The goals of version 4.0 are wide-ranging, but the overall objective is clear: update the licenses so they are considerably more robust, yet easy to understand and use, for both existing communities and new types of users. A key community that version 4.0 aims to serve better are public sector agencies releasing data.
Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. The data is too big, moves too fast, or doesn’t fit the strictures of your database architectures.
The for-profit industry blazed the trail to cloud adoption, but the public sector is quickly catching up. Since implementing its “Cloud First” migration strategy in 2010, the United States government has already moved 50 agency services to the cloud and saved billions of dollars, making it a world leader in government cloud. U.S. government clouds are already boasting some exceptional projects, in terms of both scope and disruptive potential.
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Data is the lifeblood of an organisation but its flow needs to be managed effectively. The challenge for IT chiefs is that data volumes are getting bigger with the explosion in the use of unstructured data and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, holding valuable data organisations want to effectively exploit. The desire to sweat information assets for possible competitive advantage is being fuelled by the tough economic climate, but many IT leaders are struggling over how to extract value and empower business users in the face of a big data skills deficit and concerns over the governance, privacy and security of data .
Thanks to changing business models influenced by the rush to the cloud and the massive proliferation of mobile broadband, operators are on the hook to deliver.
Date: 28 and 29 June 2011
The increasing use of ICT for business, leisure and public services is leading to the accumulation of mountains of structured and in many cases unstructured data.
A handout graphic from CERN shows a representation of traces of traces of a proton-proton collision measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson. The announcement two months ago that physicists have discovered a particle consistent with the famous Higgs boson cleared a formal hurdle with publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Are we there yet?
Most enterprise IT organizations focus more on technology than on thinking -- a sad tendency I've often pointed out. Thus, I was happy to see InfoQ's Mark Little review an article by Steve Jones of CapGemini .
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Share! tl;dr – Libraries and digital humanities have the same goals. Stop asking if the library has a role, or what it is, and start getting involved in digital projects that are already happening.
Research I'm Lead Researcher at Talis , working in the field of Linked Data and the Semantic Web . Before joining Talis I studied for my PhD at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University in the UK. My PhD research was focused on using the Semantic Web to support recommendation-seeking in social networks. Specifically the aim was to: understand how people choose word of mouth information sources from among members of their social networks, and the factors that affect these source-selection decisions; model these processes as computational algorithms so they can be replicated in an online environment; build Semantic Web-based systems that support people in information seeking through their trusted social networks.