Putting the science into ‘data science’

There has been a lot of discussion around the importance of data scientists in the management of big data but the focus has largely been on analytics skills. When it comes to data collections the concern seems to be about identifying data that has no value and not...

Big Data – a small history

The origins of the term ‘intranet’ are now lost in the mists of time, though I’m pretty sure it was first used by Marc Andreessen. Last week I had to write a position paper on Big Data vs Search for a client and fortunately for me Stephen Arnold had...

Big data – a different perspective

The October issue of Harvard Business Review went overboard on the need to get to grips with big data.  Andrew McAfee and Erick Brynjolfsson, in a paper entitled Big Data’s Management Revolution,  proposed that exploiting vast new flows of information can...