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Data Journalism is becoming a hot subject for many newspapers who use Big Data and analytics tools to create a whole new type of data-intensive stories.
Now a group of journalists have published The Data Journalism Handbook an on-line book on their trade and the tools they use to create data-based stories.
They define Data Journalism like this:
Data journalism can help a journalist tell a complex story through engaging infographics. Hans Rosling’s spectacular talks on visualizing world poverty with Gapminder, for example, have attracted millions of views across the world. And David McCandless’s popular work in distilling big numbers — such as putting public spending into context, or the pollution generated and prevented by the Icelandic volcano — shows the importance of clear design at Information is Beautiful.
One of the newspapers who have taken a lead in this field is the British Guardian, who in it's toolset is using IBM's ManyEyes
IBM's MayEyes is web-based with a website where users can upload datasets, select a visualization type and then visualize the data..
This is a good example of the new world of Big Data and data analytics, driven from data-marts with large numbers of cloud-based and increasingly complex data sets, on which we can apply sophisticated visualization tools, like IBM's ManyEyes.
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The IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders at a single event for a transformative learning opportunity. Now more than ever, it is imperative that organizations learn how world-class technologies can help turn change and complexity into advantages.
Industry leaders will be on-hand to provide
insights on how technology can help drive better business results.
Technical sessions focused on the latest IBM technologies, including WebSphere, BPM, SOA, expert integrated systems, cloud, mobile
Most importantly, a wealth of opportunities – ranging from networking with technical and business experts to career-advancing certifications – await attendees to this year's event.
You can follow the conference day by day, hour by hour on the developerWorks blog.
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IBM and San Jose State University is collaborating around Social Busiess, teaching business students how social networking and media technologies can be used at businesses around the world..
This new academic program provides students with the opportunity to deepen technical and business skills in the emerging arena of social business, while learning to adapt their knowledge to real-world business challenges. According to Forrester Research, the market opportunity for social enterprise apps is expected to grow at a rate of 61 percent through 2016, reaching $6.4 billion, compared with $600 million last year.*
Under the direction of Professor Larry Gee, SJSU students assess the social networking capabilities of an IBM Business Partner organization as a way of learning about the characteristics of a social business while helping to apply social networking technologies to business operations for more efficient collaboration and faster innovation. As part of their coursework, the students are mentored by IBM experts and learn about internal and external use of social business solutions.
Organized by IBM's Social Business guru Daryl Pereira (second from the right in the picture) the event was a big success with intensive discussions between the students from professor Larry Gee's class and IBM experts.
From left to right in the picture: Fabian Divito, IBM, Nanci P Knight, IBM, professor LarryGee, SJSU, Daryl Pereira, IBM, Jeff G Cohen, IBM.
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IBM is looking to team with smart entrepreneurs to help build a Smarter Planet. Does your solution address problems the world is facing in energy, healthcare, telecommunications or any of the other areas of Smarter Planet? If that sounds like your company and it is less than 5 years old, privately held and has a solution to make our planet smarter, please apply to participate in one of the following events!
IBM is hosting two, industry focused SmartCamp kickstart events and one Smarter Planet NA SmartCamp:
SmartCamp kickstart Miami - May 15, 2012
This event is aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing healthcare business ventures that align with the IBM's Smarter Healthcare vision. Apply by April 27, 2012 to participate.
SmartCamp kicksStart - New York - May 24, 2012
This event is aimed at identifying early state entrepreneurs who are developing enterprise business ventures that align with IBM's Smarter Cities vision. Apply by May 4, 2012 to participate.
SmartCamp Kickstart Participants will have the chance to advance to SmartCamp Boston and will receive:
Opportunity to profile their company in front of the local industry and investment community
Mentorship from world class investors and advisors
Exposure to IBM Industry Executive Leadership and Business Development Leaders
SmartCamp Boston - June 20 & 21, 2012. Apply by May 24th to participate
The winners of SmartCamp Boston will take part in a three-month mentorship with IBM and will be invited to attend the SmartCamp Global Finals. "SmartCamp was an incredible experience which connected us with an A-list of investors, advisors and industry experts” says Albert Santalo, CEO of Miami based CareCloud, a disruptive cloud-based healthcare IT company. Since being announced as 2010 SmartCamp Silicon Valley winner, CareCloud raised over $20M in Series A funding. Just one example of SmartCamp winners, worldwide, who have received venture capital investment and are making impacts in the marketplace. Who will be next?
SmartCamp is a part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative. To join and learn more, visit ibm.com/isv/startup. For questions, please contact Eric Apse at email@example.com
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BigData is everywhere these days and if you want to learn more about how to run Hadoop and IBM's BigInsights on the IBM SmartCloud BigDataUniversity has a really good online course that we can recommend.
The combination of Big Data, Hadoop and the Cloud is as exciting and useful as anything these days, and this course will get you up and running with a minimal fuss or headaches.
We're planning to hold a similar course on the premises here at the Innovation Center and if anyone is inetrested let us know.
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IBM PureSystems is the first offering in a brand new system category from IBM — a new class of systems known as "Expert Integrated Systems." The technology is designed to get IT organizations up and running in as little as four hours, cutting months off the time required to deploy new applications. IBM PureSystems combines the flexibility of a general-purpose system, the elasticity of the cloud, and the simplicity of an appliance. This introduction explains further and describes how application development tools and the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) complement IBM PureSystems to provide a streamlined application development, test, and production environment.
To learn more, start at the PureSystems homepage Then head over to the IBM Smarter Computing channel on YouTube to see video interviews with the IBM experts.
And then for an in-depth view into why IBM PureSystems are so important, read Steve Abrams and Timuthy Hahns article on developerWorks.
IBM Innovation Silicon Valley has expertise in IBM PureSystems so if you have any questions just let us know.
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The IBM Global Entrepreneur program is designed for early startups who get access to software, knowledgeable people, and promotion support.
Think of it as an accelerator or incubator. It's like adding more people to your business and extending the size and reach of your company.
The difference between the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and ordinary accelerators is that we give you an entry point into the world of enterprise software.
For questions, just comment on this blogpost or contact the IBM Silicon Valley Innovation Center. And if you don't already live in Silico Valley, move. :-)
The social network around IBM Smarter Healthcare on LinkedIn is a great way to follow IBM's numerous healthcare initiatives.
It is also a great way to link up with IBM'ers working in this very exciting field.
Other relevant links about IBM Healthcare:
IBM Director of Healthcare Transformation Dr. Paul Grundy offers his prescription for paying doctors to keep people healthy. http://ibm.co/wtS1lO
Forbes investigates Watson's potential as a game changer for the healthcare industry. http://onforb.es/Awz2c3
The New York Times reports that Watson technology has the potential to be a "profound enabler of the transformation of health care. http://nyti.ms/zB4M0Y
Also on Twitter: #IBMHealthcare
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Here are some key links:
IBM Smarter Healthcare,
Legend: The picture shows the IBM Smarter Healthcare display at the IBM Innovation Center in Stockholm, Sweden
For questions about the IBM Smarter Healthcare initiative, just append a comment to this post.
Superhappy Block Party in Palo Alto this Saturday.
Bridging the worlds of software developers, artists and the City of Palo Alto, the inaugural Super Happy Block Party Hackathon takes place in downtown Palo Alto on March 31, 2012 from 1pm – 1am.
Innovation Endeavors, Talenthouse and Institute for the Future will open their doors to the community in the spirit of innovation.
The City of Palo Alto will block off High Street between University and Hamilton to enable people to meet on the street to collaborate and innovate.