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Big Data News, Features, and Interviews

  • How data analysis boosted the performance of Queensland school students

    There’s no question that education plays a key part in Australia being able to compete globally, and for the CIO of Department of Education and Training in Queensland, Mark Hind, data analysis is what is going keep students’ academic performance up to scratch.

  • Data makes Internet of Things more than ‘tinkerer’s dream’: Microsoft

    What makes Internet of Things special? It’s not the things, according to a Microsoft official.

  • Metadata not about ‘big brother’ watching you: AFP

    Australian Federal Police (AFP) assistant commissioner, Tim Morris, has moved to allay fears the government’s metadata reforms will involve around-the-clock surveillance of citizens.

  • Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwagon

    Apache Spark, <a href="">the big data processing technology for iterative workloads</a> that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

  • Big data vendors back open source tools

    Major players in the big data space are joining forces to support open source software with the creation of industry association, Open Data Platform (ODP).

  • NeCTAR Research Cloud gets $1.5m capacity boost

    The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Research Cloud has extra capacity for big data sets following $1.5 million of investment by high performance computing partner Intersect Australia.

  • Vint Cerf worries about a 'digital dark age,' and your data could be at risk

    In this era of the all-pervasive cloud, it's easy to assume that the data we store will somehow be preserved forever. The only thing to fret about from a posterity perspective, we might think, is the analog information from days gone by -- all the stuff on papers, tapes and other pre-digital formats that haven't been explicitly converted.

  • One-fifth of organisations store more than 1 petabyte of data

    Data growth across Australian businesses is showing no signs of slowing with almost one-fifth of organisations responding to a survey indicating they are managing more than 1 petabyte of information.

  • Learn to crunch Big Data with R

    A few years ago I was the CTO and co-founder of a startup in the medical practice management software space. One of the problems we were trying to solve was how medical office visit schedules can optimize - everyone's - time. Too often, office visits are scheduled to optimize the physician's time, and patients have to wait way too long in overcrowded waiting rooms in the company of people coughing contagious diseases out their lungs.

  • How hospitals are using big data analytics to research paediatric cancer

    Researchers in the United States are turning to big data analytics to gain a much better understanding of paediatric brain cancer and other diseases with a similar genetic process.