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pfretty
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pfretty,
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10/13/2014 | 10:57:09 AM
Great post!
We often hear that data is all about insight. However in reality, data should be able meaningful actions based off the insights. This is true whether its impacting an organization in some manner like the top three goals in a recent IDG SAS survey (operations, customer relationships, new products) or helping solve a social or health issue. Really the key is to develop a true analytical culture where we all understand and apprecaite the power within understanding data - something that only happens with science.

Peter Fretty
VijayR198
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VijayR198,
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10/1/2014 | 5:29:42 PM
Re: Great article, thank you for sharing this!
You have a 2-part question, both good ones. The first part is: are bright data scientists attracted to the government, and I believe the answer is Yes. If presidential elections and other big elections can be waged on big data platforms - as they have been for a few years now - and the outcomes are at least partially being decided based on the prowess of data scientists working on these platforms...I can see how elected officials will want to carry on some of this discipline (for socially useful purposes) even after they get elected, and data scientists therefore continue to find interesting work in the government space. The second part of your question, about the courage to tackle the touchy subject of privacy...I think that when governments and the EU etc use big data and big data technologies extensively to solve social problems, they will be able to have a more nuanced debate with the private sector...as opposed to the somewhat black and white debate that tends to occur today. 
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kstaron,
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9/30/2014 | 3:01:55 PM
Making a difference for everyone
I like seeing how business are looking to solve problems beyond their own bottom line with the data they analyze, but are there any examples of not just of solving very first world problems like how bad we all drive but also of global issues such as global warming, making clean water more accessable or things like this?
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shamika,
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9/30/2014 | 11:15:26 AM
Re: Great article, thank you for sharing this!
As mentioned in this article, good data will always help in better analysis.  It will also help in identifying trends and forecast for the future.
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9/29/2014 | 5:01:47 PM
Great article, thank you for sharing this!
I really enjoyed reading this article as you mentioned some crucial pointers concerning Big Data. In the corporate environment I'm in many look at the opportunities to make money out of Big Data, but tend to overlook the amazing potential that Big Data has to do good in the world. The question that remains is whether the institutions most inclined to look for general societal gains such as governments and the EU can muster up the prowess to attract to bright data scientists who can translate the raw information into clear visuals, and the courage to tackle that touchy subject of privacy to make the world a better place.
shamika
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shamika,
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9/27/2014 | 10:38:53 AM
Re: Data for Good
Also this is an important area. Big data will help in predictive analytics which will help in decision making.
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shamika,
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9/27/2014 | 9:46:06 AM
Big data
This is an interesting article as well as an interesting topic. The most important fact is that do we really get the best out of big fata we have. In my opinion this is a big question mark.
Data for Good
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Data for Good,
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9/25/2014 | 4:03:30 AM
Data for Good
Indeed, the number of data science projects for social good is growing every day. But where do you find information about these projects? We had this question in mind for quite some time and then launched dataforgood.co as a platform for finding and sharing data- and tech-driven projects for social good. Check us out and enter the discussion with project owners.
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David F. Carr,
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9/24/2014 | 2:32:37 PM
Data science as a calling
I enjoyed this perspective on how data scientists can use their talents for something more than selling breakfast cereal.


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