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Just published by O'Reilly Media:
Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
By Toby Segaran, Jeff Hammerbacher
IBM's Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics; and all-round amazingly fun guy co-wrote chapter 7 with
Lisa Sokol, Senior Managing Consultant - Entity Analytic Services.
PS... I love the cover... it is beautiful just like the topic!
From the publisher:
In this insightful book, you'll learn from the best data practitioners in the field just how
wide-ranging -- and beautiful -- working with data can be. Join 39 contributors as they explain
how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.
With Beautiful Data, you will:
* Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in working with the vast number of datasets made available by the Web
* Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime, using maps and data mashups
* Discover the challenges of designing a data processing system that works within the constraints of space travel
* Learn how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research
* Understand how new data can automatically trigger alerts when it matches or overlaps pre-existing data
* Learn about the massive infrastructure required to create, capture, and process DNA data
That's only small sample of what you'll find in Beautiful Data. For anyone who handles data, this is a truly fascinating book.
Visit Jeff's blog to get your hands on a PDF version of chapter 7 while it is still posted.
Congratulations Jeff & Lisa :)
Date: Mar 27, 2012
Topic: An Introduction to Big Data
Big Data can mean a lot of things to a lot of people; but one thing we're sure of, it's the hottest thing to hit the IT landscape. In this chat you'll start with an introduction to Big Data so we're all on common ground as to what it is, how to spot it, and what the opportunities are. (Hint, be prepared to get shocked on Volume and more). With a strong foundation on what Big Data is, you'll be introduced to the IBM Big Data platform, what it looks like and its key components. In the final part of the chat, we'll dive into IBM's non-forked, embraced and extended Hadoop distribution (called InfoSphere BigInsights) and streaming technology (InfoSphere Streams), a tour of the Big Data platform features as it relates to these pillar components, and a get introduced to the toughest Big Data use case there is: text analytics and how this is just one areas where IBM is brining the "WOW" factor to Big Data.
Register now to join IBM speaker, Paul Zikopoulos on Tuesday March 27th, 2012 at 12:30 PM Eastern. Sign-up to attend this free webinar.
Here are a few other resources you may wish to tap into if you’re interested in this topic:
1) Dan Dubriwny from the Big Data Tiger Team, IBM USA, was the guest speaker on episode 62 of the DB2 Night Show, hosted by Klaas Brant. The topic was BIG DATA Overview - What is it? Who cares? Catch the replay.
2) Paul Zikopoulos and Robert Thomas were guests on Episode #63 of the DB2Night Show and gave a deep dive into IBM solutions around BIG DATA.
3) At the IBM Information on Demand Conference that took place last October, copies of the Flashbook “Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data” were handed out. If you didn’t get a copy, you can get the free e-version of this book on my bookstore page: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore.
4) Read Jeff Jonas’ Business Insider’s talks and his blog entries about Big Data:
5) Dive into the best wiki in the world! BigInsights Technical Enablement Wiki: ibm.com/developerworks/wiki/biginsights/
6) Read this technical intro to IBM BigInsights, IBM’s Big Data platform, by Cynthia Saracco: Understanding InfoSphere BigInsights: An introduction for software architects and technical leaders.
7) One of the 82 Web-based Training Courses available for IM is BigInsights Essentials.
8) Want to learn Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase or other Big Data topics? Join free BigDataUniversity.com. Already 15,000 students have registered.
9) Read the excellent article by Lisa Stapleton that published in a recent edition of the IBM Data Management Magazine BigData - Volume, Variety, and Velocity. How do you attack something *that* big?
10) Read the article Big Data Impacts Data Management: The Big Vs of Big Data by IBM Champion Dave Beulke.
11) Follow the blogs and tweets that are happening real-time via the Big Data Daily.
12) Read the article by IBM Champion Craig Mullins Big Data and 150 Trillion Calculations Per Second at Vestas
Read, attend and learn!
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Another entry from Kate Kurtz who is attending & presenting at IDUG for her first time.
Wow! What a day. It has gone by so fast, and yet it felt incredibly slow while it was happening. There is just so much to take in, and so much to learn.
The key note speaker was Jeff Jonas, founder of SRD and now Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics. His topic was "Sensemaking on Steams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart". He is a phenomenal speaker with lots of energy and passion about what he does. It was a great session. He also managed to start and end his keynote speech with a poop joke. You have to admire someone who can do that and also deliver an amazing talk about fascinating technology. If you are interested in learning more, check out his blog here -> http://jeffjonas.typepad.com/. I think that the research he does has just entered on my list "Cool jobs I wish I did at IBM". Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but I am often amazed by the type of work people do at IBM and the sheer variety of interesting things to learn about.
The first session, Warehouse Best Practices in Action - The IBM Smart Analytics System, went well and there were lots of questions from the audience. I love that , it is much more fun to have a conversation with the audience than it is just talk all by yourself. I also learn a lot from the types of questions people ask. I was co-presenting with Eddie Daghelian, and Haider Rizvi was there as well, so the discussion was lively and very educational for everyone. I did a lot of informal surveys of the audience, and it was interesting, most people could remember the days of DB2 PE (parallel edition), most were taking on-line backups, but very few of them were exploiting the table space level backup and restore functionality. There were a lot of questions and curiosity about Work Load Management, and also about Data Ingest strategies.
I think that is the best part about IDUG - a bunch of people who are really interested in technology, all getting together and just having a conversation. The presentation was really just a jumping off point, as for the rest of the day I had customers coming up to me asking for more information about specific topics in the presentation.
And, on a closing note, I want to say Thank You to Rebecca Bond, Steve Rees, and Calisto Zuzarte, who all made the time to attend the session and were friendly faces I could look for through out the presentation. Thanks Guys - it was hugely helpful to see you there!
I’ve heard Jeff Jonas speak several times and completely agree with Kate that he is phenomenal! During and after Jeff’s keynote, the comments were flying in on twitter about his talk. If you want to keep up with what’s going on, I highly suggest that you open this URL: http://bit.ly/mO4svB.
I copied some of my favourite tweets and posted them on Jeff’s FB wall:
Jeff’s response: I spent 7 hours creating a one of a kind deck for today's 60 minute keynote. Glad someone liked it!
Speaking of Jeff, Kate gave a link to his blog, and I encourage you to read it. Also, here is a recent interview with Jeff along with a very cool video "200 countries in 200 years". http://bit.ly/lVW9ME
Apparently there was a retirement party for Roger Miller last night as well. Another reason I really wish I was able to join my IDUG friends in California this year!