There’s a lot new in data discovery. New insights, new thinking, new tools and a new outlooks. But amidst this change, it’s important to keep a focus on the truth. The Big Data Roundup’s back again to help keep data real. From presidential records to crime fighting kitchens, if the data’s there, the truth will out…

Perception v reality, how did Obama really do?

Data v the peoples perceptions - NY Times - Big Data Roundup

As the sun set’s on Obama’s presidency, and the world prepares for the new age of Trump, it’s perhaps timely to ask how did the out-going president do? What got better, and what got worse during his terms in office? The New York Times is pitting its audience against the data in an attempt to get readers to think more about their own preconceptions, comparing them against reality… And it all starts with a blank plot chart.

Crime fighting fridges?

Police are getting ready to use a new tool in their fight against crime. The Internet of Things. In the UK, Met Police detectives are now being trained to look for gadgets and white goods which could provide digital clues in cases they are investigating. Meanwhile, over in the US, one high profile case has seen detectives try to access potential recordings of a murder on an Amazon Echo. Amazon are fighting the requests, but despite this, the IoT could be set to produce new evidence to be considered by British courts whether big tech firms like it or not.

Alan Turing Institute puts the pedal to the metal

Hidden away on the first floor of the British Library is a large team of computer scientists, mathematics, machine learning specialists and social scientists, collectively working towards establishing the UK as global leader in data. After several years of preparation, the Alan Turing Institute officially opened at the end of last year… Now, according to the institute’s director, Andrew Blake, it is ready to go “full throttle”…

Is the government ready for a data revolution?

Is government ready for data revolution?

“We are entering an age when analysis will increasingly be built into new digital services; powering decisions made in the moment by frontline workers…” These are the words of John Manzoni, the CEO of the Civil service. Although there’s been a steady growth in the use of data in operational parts of government, new data tools will lead to a “substantial shift” in the way government works.  And it needs to be ready for a data revolution that’s already shaken other industries to the core.

A selfie map of London

What are the most narcissistic locations in the London? Research firm Brand Watch tracked selfies accross the capital to try and find out. Using Twitter data, the firm tracked geotagged mentions of #selfie on Twitter (excluding retweets) from 1st December to 18th January. With a whole load of selfies in their dataset, they created a geo-tagged tweet map of the UK’s capital city.

OddityViz – making art from music and data

A new project has combined data and music to create a collection of art, visualising data from Bowie’s 1969 track Space Oddity on a series of 10 specially engraved 12-inch records. The visual deconstruction is a project by designer Valentina D’Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick. Taking data from David Bowie’s Space Oddity, each 12-inch disc deconstructs the track in a different way: melodies, harmonies, lyrics, structure, story and other aspects of the music are transformed into new visual systems. Oddityviz even got a glitzy London launch at famous ad agency Wieden+Kennedy.

The data of beer

Pity the fool that walks into a bar these days and simply asks for a ‘beer’. Beer is a complex beast, spanning a plethora of tastes, flavours, colours and strengths. This clever new interactive data visualisation takes the official data from 100 different styles of beer, defining them by alcohol volume, bitterness, and colour to help you in your quest for the perfect Friday night pint.

Posted in Big data, IoT, Media roundup On January 20, 2017 By