After a quick virtual visit to Vegas last week to share the highlights of IBM’s Insight2015, the Big Data Roundup is back to its global galavanting to discover the most interesting data stories from around the world wide web.

The Array of ThingsArray of things brings streets of dataChicago is getting its own fitness tracker – a network of lamppost mounted ‘civic Fitbits’ that gather data about the city’s health and motion. This week a further $3.1m was awarded to the project as part of the Obama Administration’s $160m Smart Cities initiative. The sensors will initially measure temperature, barometric pressure, light, vibration, pollutants, ambient sound, pedestrian and vehicle travel and surface temperature. All the data collected by the Array of Things will be open, free and available to the public.

Companies will stop hiring data scientists, says data scientist

Data scientists need to stop ‘playing’ and start focussing on real business needs. That’s the opinion of Gianmario Spacagna, a data scientist at Barclays Bank. The consequences for those in “the sexiest job of the 21st Century” could be severe otherwise, opined Spacagna speaking at the Spark Summit Europe.

Edinburgh top for big data jobs, as London falters in IT talent pull

London’s magnetic pull on tech talent is weakening. That was the finding of a recent report that showed the number of IT jobs advertised in the capital had fallen by 8 percent. It also showed that while salaries in the capital are dropping, pay-packets outwith the city are on the rise. And, when it comes to those skilled in Big Data, Edinburgh is now the place to be! Find out why…

The commute of the kidsData stats from Hands up for ScotlandHow do kids in Scotland get to school? ‘Hands up for Scotland’ is the largest national dataset charting how children travel to-and-from School. This year’s survey has just concluded. While the results aren’t published until 2016, The Data Lab’s Roman Popat used the data from the past seven years to see what insights he could glean. The results? Well, they’re worth a read.

A tasty big data story

The busy high street is the natural stomping ground for big data as more and more retailers use customer info to target relevant offers and personalise the shopping experience. But next door in the bustling restaurant the experience often remains more generic. But as this easy-to-digest film shows, data can be the perfect accompaniment to any dinner. 

There’s a global heat map with your name on itHeat map of Surname spread
Data visualisation is used to communicate many different stories. But this time it’s personal. Pulling in Census data, newspaper articles and more, this tool allows you to easily discover how your last namesakes have spread across the world. By aggregating all the loose information located across multiple sources into one index, you can get lost down the rabbit hole of your distant relatives.

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