Much like an actual cloud that can look like whatever you imagine it to be, this virtual cloud is amorphous in its own right, and ever changing.

Fortunately for those who want to leverage cloud computing to improve their data sharing, storage, and analytics capabilities it is less important to understand what “The Cloud” looks like than what it does. In this issue of our newsletter, we dive into some of the silver linings of cloud computing and its applications.

Data Lake: Why record matching is critical to success

Today’s data lakes are like yesterday’s operational data stores (ODSs): Everyone has one and everyone means something different when they use the term. In my experience, a data lake is a place where analysts and data scientists can store and analyze data…

Danger, Will Robinson! (AI, Analytics and the Invisible Dangers)

While we may yet be a long way from the threat of truly sentient computers such as Hal 9000 and ARIIA, the current capability of AI technologies still offers plenty of power for those who wish to harness it for malicious purposes. These types of crimes go beyond the grey ethical areas that we discussed […]

What does it mean to hash data and do I really care?

Hashing is simply passing some data through a formula that produces a result, called a hash. That hash is usually a string of characters and the hashes generated by a formula are always the same length, regardless of how much data you feed into it.

Kafka: What Is it?

Number One in Dataspace’s Data Science Series: What does it mean?   If nothing else, the data science industry is good at coming up with new, unique, confusing names and terms.  ZooKeeper, MapReduce, Hadoop, Pig, Storm, Mahout MongoDB…the list keeps growing and it’s totally understandable if you can’t always identify or explain the different technologies […]

How Artificial Intelligence is changing the insurance industry

Any serious conversation about the future of data and analytics invariably turns to the topic of artificial intelligence.  The past year has seen AI surge in popularity, with high profile corporations and personalities getting behind what many people believe could be the biggest technological watershed moment since the advent of the internet.   Indeed, many […]

How Big Data Helps Detect Hacking

Cyberattacks have become increasingly damaging and visible in recent years, in part because of numerous, high-profile instances of hacking affecting everything from your personal files to global election outcomes.   And, in fact, hacking is no longer just about unauthorized access to, or loss of data. As the internet of things continues to expand, so […]

Biometrics and Big Data: Facial Recognition

A key feature of big data is its lack of structure – we’re talking about the stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into excel columns or that is easily described on first glance using numbers or other descriptors.  This includes things such as images, satellite data and social media posts, which altogether comprise the bulk of […]

Two Birds With One Stone: Learn Data Science and A Foreign Language at the Same Time!

We here at Dataspace thought it would be helpful to share some intriguing examples of how data can be easily manipulated to bring efficiency and value into our day-to-day lives. This week we will focus on how the daunting and time-consuming task of learning a foreign language can be made easier by taking a data-driven approach.

NPrinting: A Cost-Effective Way to Publish Your Qlikview Analyses

Challenge Here at Dataspace we’ve worked with Qlikview for a number of years.  It’s a great tool but it has one, glaring limitation: Qlikview does not offer an inexpensive, native method to publish and distribute reports to users.  In order to publish reports from Qlikview, one must purchase both Qlikview Publisher and PDF distributor which […]