As data nerds, we’re pretty interested in mind-blowing ways to use data. We figured you would be too. And, in our opinion, the more data, the more compelling, so we’re watching developments in Big Data like a hawk.
Today we’re launching the first of a regular series of round-ups and commentaries on what’s going on in the area of Big Data, analytics and how business folks, software developers and even the average consumer are impacted by it all.
What caught our attention this week? Twitter (as usual), the Olympics and the role of that certain “gut” feeling:
- Twitter introduces the Twitter Data Grants, a pilot program to give researchers access to public and historical data.
- Two brothers came up with a statistical model to Nate Silver the Sochi Winter Olympics.
- Sales reps are learning how big data can have a direct impact on the business.
- MIT is offering an online Big Data course for tech professionals.
- Data-driven decision making still needs human intuition, argues analytics researcher. (WSJ subscription required)
- More and more companies are using big data analytics for security and fraud detection.
Watch for our roundups on other topics like DevOps, mobile apps and performance tuning in the weeks to come.