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Annika Jimenez Speaks at the White House’s Data To Knowledge to Action Event

The impact of Big Data is wide-reaching and has implications for numerous sectors, from industry to health, energy to education. Recognizing this, the Obama Administration announced an initiative to encourage collaboration between key players in the space. Pivotal's Annika Jimenez spoke this week at Data to Knowledge to Action, an event hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program

Discovery and Framing: Design Studio

Co-authors: Spencer Hurst and Eric Schmalzbauer

‘Design studio’ is a simple exercise that can help derive workflows, surface new ideas, and help create a better understanding of the application and the problem at hand. It all starts with framing the problem the team is trying to solve…

Ofri has a great write up of this technique during the ongoing development of a project and through our shared design community at Pivotal Labs we’ve brought this technique into our ‘discovery and framing’ processes.

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Remembering Common Biases in Customer Research

Recently, @seriouslynow pointed me to a nice primer on user research by @semanticwill. My favorite slide lists five common biases,

5 Common Biases in Customer Research

which are:

or "CFORF" for short. With a little rejiggering, we get a nice pneumonic:

as in, "Stick a FFORC in it!"

</ rimshot> :-P

New Report Looks at Big Data’s Impact on Health Care

While proposed solutions are a matter of fierce debate, there’s few who would argue that the United States health care system is inefficient and in need of creative disruption. As a result, an increasing number of health care providers, researchers, and insurers are looking towards Big Data to reduce inefficiencies and improve quality of care. “Big Data in Healthcare: Hype and Hope” is a new study by Bonnie Feldman, D.D.S., M.B.A., in partnership with seed accelerator/health advocacy group Rock Health, to drill down and explore the ways Big Data could improve domestic healthcare.

Delve Into the Deep Blue Sea of Oceanic Data with Marinexplore

You probably learned in grade school that most of the Earth is covered in water; the ocean alone covers 71% of the planet's surface. The ocean contains fathoms of data, and with over 90% of it still to be explored, its processing and analysis is the very model of a Big Data problem. Marinexplore is a new open data collaboration platform and community containing 463,447,500 oceanographic measurements collected from 23,422 sensors.

The Answer Isn’t Less Data, It’s More Data Science

How much data is too much? Depending on who’s answering, the answer may be “there's no such amount.” Many don’t share that perspective, however, and are instead overwhelmed by the amount of data available at their fingertips. It’s a growing concern for consumers of online media, engorging themselves on the endless buffet of information served through social media, smartphones, and news aggregators. Researchers have coined the term FOMO, or “fear of missing out” to describe the obsessive consumption of information, to the detriment of individuals' relationships, personal well-being, and even rest. A number of prominent bloggers have even advocated for a “Slow Web” movement, urging a much more measured and restrained approach to web consumption. Fast Company’s Ron Friedman argues that it’s not merely FOMO that’s causing the sense of information overload, and argues that having more information does not lead to better decision making.

Researchers Encode Entire Book Into DNA

As Big Data grows and storage moves to the cloud, it's easy to forget that all that information still takes up physical space, even if that space is a server farm half a world away. But as data grows bigger, storage is becoming smaller. Case in point: three geneticists have encoded an entire book about synthetic biology into DNA.