DataViva tools give power to the people over open data

An team of MIT Media Lab professors and Brazilian economic policymakers partner on data visualization tools designed to help ordinary citizens mine government’s open data.


NASA moves earth science tools, platform to the cloud

OpenNEX puts data and tools from NASA's Earth Exchange into the Amazon cloud improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors.

smart grid

How Sacramento's electric utility powered up smart-grid data

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District upgraded its power distribution system with smart technology, but needed a way to make sense of all of the data being generated.


Massachusetts launches open cloud to spur big data R&D

The Commonwealth teams up with universities and high tech firms to launch a cloud marketplace geared to sharing compute capacity and services.

capital assets

Capital planning tool streamlines portfolio management

Capital Assets software streamlines capital planning, providing agencies with best practices, templates and visual analytics.

water meters

Small town gets big results with data warehouse, analytics

Using SAS Analytics, city officials from Cary, N.C., monitor budgets across departments, improve police efficiency and track customer service goals.

big data tools

Next big things in big data: Visualization, knowledge clouds, fast clusters

The open-source cluster computing tool called Spark speeds programming and can run up to 100 times faster than Hadoop Map Reduce.

big data tools

Big data parking lot: Tools for fast storage, retrieval and integration

Hadoop is a must-have big data tool, but it has some drawbacks, including the need for high-level user expertise and conditions for optimal bandwidth.

big data tools

Essential big data tools for government

Public-sector priorities: a strong IT foundation and tools for prepping data.


How data virtualization can help government hone services and cut costs

The move to open data policies are spawning new approaches of data virtualization to exploit and manage an expanding number of government information sources.


Flash memory boosts big data workloads

Fusion-io and Sqrrl improve big data workload efficiency with flash memory, providing significantly more performance at less cost than high-density DRAM systems, the companies say.


As big data grows, technologies evolve into ecosystems

Big data platforms, both proprietary and open source, emerge as comprehensive solutions to handle magnitude, complexity and variety of data.

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