Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.
Data for the public good
The explosion of big data, open data and social data offers new opportunities to address humanity’s biggest challenges. The open question is no longer if data can be used for the public good, but how.
Building the health information infrastructure for the modern epatient
The National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, discusses patient empowerment, data access and ownership, and other important trends in healthcare.
Big data in the cloud
Big data and cloud technology go hand-in-hand, but it’s comparatively early days. Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill explains the cloud landscape and compares the offerings of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
Everyone has a big data problem
MetaLayer’s Jonathan Gosier talks about the need to democratize data tools because everyone has a big data problem.
Three reasons why direct billing is ready for its close-up
David Sims looks at the state of direct billing and explains why it’s poised to catch on beyond online games and media.
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Cloud photo: Big cloud by jojo nicdao, on Flickr