Tag Archives: big data

Material Evidence: is a picture really worth a thousand words?

This evening I attended a seminar hosted by the University of Toronto entitled “Material Evidence: is a picture really worth a thousand words?” The panel comprised the Director of the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) Prof. Patricia McCarney; media artist Ben Rubin; and the visual op-ed columnist for the New York Times Charles M. Blow. […]


Social Media + Big Data = Confused Journalism

I’ve just come across this article,¬†which claims that the combination of social media and big data will be responsible for who wins the US Presidential election in 2016. It’s a bold assertion, and it comes on the back of many other opinion pieces that vaunt the major role of big data in the 2012 election. […]

Edward Snowden

PRISM, Snowden and the NSA: when Big Data becomes Too Much Data

A lot has already been written about Edward Snowden’s claims regarding the NSA and its PRISM program. I don’t intend to get into the politics of this issue or contemplate what Snowden’s motivations might be – this has been covered at length elsewhere. My interest, at this point, lies in the technical implications of what […]

Business Intelligence

BI 101: What is Business Intelligence?

For the uninitiated, the term “business intelligence” has the potential to generate quite a lot of questions. When is business ever unintelligent? How is it different from business analysis? What tools and skills does it employ? Why is it important? Would my business benefit from it? This first post in the “BI 101” series begins […]