Latest Big Data publications

1,600 digital beating human hearts stored for Big Data research

Doctors in London are now able to access digital copies of thousands of human hearts, helping medical professionals across the industry develop new treatments and preventative care plans for chronic heart disease. 3D video recordings of the beating hearts of 1,600 patients were collected by researchers and scientists at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Sciences… Read More

Object recognition will change the meaning of surveillance

In 2013 The British Security Industry Authority estimated that the United Kingdom has 5.9mn CCTV cameras – at the time, representing one video feed per 11 people. Across articles and their comment streams in the liberal media, Orwell is cited daily, Britain declared ‘the most surveilled country’ in the world. But assuming that Britain has… Read More

Ebola: Big data and social networks may hold potential to curbing epidemic

Head of the UN Ebola mission, Anthony Banbury, has warned that the world is slipping behind in the race to contain the epidemic, with deaths exceeding 9,000 last week and thousands of new cases predicted by December, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). “It is running faster than us, and it is winning the race,”… Read More

Singapore research group highlights difficulties in ‘anonymising’ location data

A new report [PDF] by a Singapore-based research group has cast doubt upon current practices in anonymising location-based mobile data, suggesting that individuals can be easily re-identified from large mobile datasets, and that such detailed data poses ‘serious privacy risks’. The dataset used by the group, which is partially funded by the National Research Foundation of… Read More

Dell reacts to latest IT challenges, outlining future data centre and cloud objectives

In its Solutions Summit in Brussels yesterday, Dell outlined its future data centre and cloud strategies based on four main imperatives; transform, connect, inform and protect. Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, who presented the objectives, said that the company would seek to tackle recent IT challenges, including security concerns, changes to software-defined… Read More