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LATEST ARTICLES

Symposium

Big data: big data for social science research

by Mark Birkin

Academic studies exploiting novel data sources are scarce. Typically, data is generated by commercial businesses or government organizations with no mandate and little motivation to share their assets with academic partners. The mobilization of citizen sensors at a massive scale has allowed for the development of impressive infrastructures. However, data availability is driving applications---problems are prioritized because data is available rather than because they are inherently important or interesting. The U.K. is addressing this through investments by the Economic and Social Research Council in its Big Data Network. A group of Administrative Data Research Centres are tasked with improving access to data sets in central government, while a group of Business and Local Government Centres are tasked with improving access to commercial and regional sources. ...


Symposium

Big Data and the Attention Economy: Big Data (Ubiquity symposium)

by Bernardo A. Huberman

While attention has always been prized above money, few people have had the means to attract it to themselves. But the new digital economy has provided everyone with a loudspeaker; thus efforts at getting noticed have rapidly escalated in global society. The attention economy focuses on the mechanisms that mediate the allocation of this scarce entity. Social networks and big data play a role in determining what is noticed and acted upon.

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Symposium

Big Data, Digitization, and Social Change: Big Data (Ubiquity symposium)

December 2017
by Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Denning, David Sousa-Rodrigues, Kemal A. Delic

We use the term "big data" with the understanding that the real game changer is the connection and digitization of everything. Every portfolio is affected: finance, transport, housing, food, environment, industry, health, welfare, defense, education, science, and more. The authors in this symposium will focus on a few of these areas to exemplify the main ideas and issues.

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Interview

The changing culture of computer science: an interview with Marianne Winslett

November 2017
Interviewed by Richard T. Snodgrass

In this second interview with Marianne Winslett, our conversation mines the temporal and spatial aspects of the culture of CS research and development within academia, labs, and startups, delving into recent trends that are fundamentally changing our profession. ...