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Data & Information Design

Data & Information Design

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to find Giorgi Lupi. Fortunately, serendipity came to my aid and I stumbled across her almost by accident. And what a find! Anyone who does anything with data and information should read her postings, starting with this one: https://medium.com/@giorgialupi/data-humanism-the-revolution-will-be-visual… I’ve picked out a few nuggets: Embrace complexity. What made cheap marketing infographics so popular is probably their biggest contradiction: the false claim that a couple of pictograms and a few big…

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Big Data, Data Analytics and AI

Big Data, Data Analytics and AI

I was asked by Managing Partners Forum (MPF) recently to give a brief overview of the current status and industry trends in Big Data and Data Analytics, topics I’ve been keeping an eye on for several years. The slides are available on Slideshare. The following is shortened abstract from the presentation. One of the issues I have with with Big Data is just that – the term “Big Data”. It’s fairly abstract and defies a precise definition. I’m guessing the…

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Watson Analytics

Watson Analytics

I recently had an introductory presentation to IBM’s Watson Analytical Engine and was mightily impressed by what I saw. IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Unstructured data could typically include  news articles, research reports, social media posts and enterprise system data. You can set up a freemium account on Watson and get immediate access to the full range of features. As with most…

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Murdermap Mashup

Murdermap Mashup

Spotted originally by my colleague Conrad Taylor, a geospatial application that plots more than 400 homicide cases reported by court reports and the Old Bailey’s archives. Something for the ‘gruesome violence’ mashup category maybe. You can even do deep dive query’s according to the type of murder weapon used, e.g. ligature, knife, gun, etc. According to the website, the ‘murdermap’ project is dedicated to covering every single case of murder and manslaughter in London from crime to conviction. It aims…

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Semantic, linked and smart data – predictions for 2014

Semantic, linked and smart data – predictions for 2014

See the full article on Scoop.it – Data & Informatics Quite a lot to digest here, though the overall sentiment is positive for development and innovation around open and linked data. Actual products as opposed to proofs, pilots and concepts. There is also renewed optimism that the Semantic Web can deliver on its original vision, Semantic Web 2.0 (my term) utilising ‘cognition-as-as-service’ (CaaS), and building bridges between ‘Big Data’ and the Semantic Web in order to rurn unstructured chaos into…

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Introduction to Linked Data (presentation)

Introduction to Linked Data (presentation)

I was pleased to attend a presentation on linked data at the BCS Data Management Specialist Group on Tuesday (26th July), given by Dave Reynolds, co-founder of Epimorphics Ltd, and  one of the data experts I have frequently turned to for advice when scoping the requirements for the Knowledge Hub project. (Dave is a members of the Data & Apps Advisory Group for the Knowledge Hub). The presentation included metadata management, e-Commerce uses, inference and information extraction, text mining, syntax (various…

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Knowledge Hub Data and Apps Workshop

Knowledge Hub Data and Apps Workshop

This blog post is to thank all of the participants (presenters and delegates) to the Knowledge Hub Data & Apps workshop that was held in London yesterday (27 April 2011). The workshop was used to establish the foundations for the “KHub Data and Apps Advisory Group”, who we are hoping will help us to shape the forthcoming data/apps developments for the Knowledge Hub. As readers of my previous posts about the Knowledge Hub may be aware, the first (Beta) release…

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Ordnance Survey datasets and products available for free use and re-use from 1 April 2010.

Ordnance Survey datasets and products available for free use and re-use from 1 April 2010.

On 23 December 2009, the Government published a consultation paper on policy options for geographic information from Ordnance Survey. The purpose of this consultation was to seek views about how to best implement proposals made by the Prime Minister on 17 November 2009, to make certain Ordnance Survey datasets available for free with no restrictions on re-use. This was part of the PM’s vision for the role of public data and information in the delivery of Smarter Government that would…

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