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Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

It’s More About “Wide Data” Than Big Data (Wall Street & Technology, 21 May) Rather than thinking about the physical size of data, consider the importance of being able to relate different sets of data. For financial services firms, the complexity isn’t found in the need to store more data; it is in how best…

Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

1. Big Data Is Going To Save The Film Industry, Too (Business Insider, 12 May) Advanced analytics software is the key to helping companies reach the right consumers with the right products and services and using the right messages. Then, linking this ‘engagement’ data with ‘transaction’ data, media companies can develop a clear picture of what…

16th May – Operation Chastise

Awful special effects, but I bet this still makes the hairs on the back of you neck stand up.

Walsingham, Intelligence and Dears…

Earlier this week I quoted Francis Walsingham, who once said:- “Intelligence is never too dear” You might at this juncture be asking yourself, who is Francis Walsingham? By way of a short summary: Walsingham was regarded by many as a politician, statesman and academic, but primarily as Secretary of State and ‘Spymaster’ for Elizabeth I.…

Attributes of an Intelligence Analyst

Last week I asked the Intelligence Analysts at IMSL what was the most important thing they had learned in their trade.  I posted a number of replies, but a couple of the guys put even more effort in than I expected. I was deeply impressed by their thoughtful considerations on the subject. They deserve their…

Quote Umberto Eco Unquote

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” Umberto Eco, telling us analysts to stick it.

Quote Walsingham Unquote

Intelligence is never too dear. Francis Walsingham …or is it? new post coming soon…

The CIA and Big Data: then and now

As the Cold War began to heat-up in the early sixties, the CIA became increasingly interested in the potential of ‘the computer’ in their work. A 1962 paper entitled ‘Some Far-out Thoughts on Computers’ was described by its author as a “Jules Verne look” at the issue. Orrin Clotworthy foresaw the need for the continual…

Demeter’s Debrief – This Week’s Top 5 #BigData Stories

Demeter. Greek goddess beloved for her gifting of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil. “Data is the new soil”. David McCandless, Author, Information is Beautiful. 1. Meet The Numbers Nerd Bringing Big Data To The Small Screen (Ad Age, 3 May 2013) Everything we do now has an interaction with a computer…