Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill is a principal analyst for O'Reilly Radar, and program chair for the O'Reilly Strata Conference and the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

Strata Gems: A sense of self

Network-connected sensors track your fitness

Small data matters as much as big, and none more than data about ourselves. Fitness and health tracking is going wireless and personal.

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Strata Gems: Clojure is a language for data

Built for expressiveness and concurrency, Clojure is a natural fit for data work

Built for expressiveness and concurrency, Clojure is a natural fit for data work. It boasts excellent API support and strong support for use in the cloud.

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Strata Gems: Who needs disks anyway?

RethinkDB uses SSDs to their full advantage

Today's databases are designed for the spinning platter of the hard disk. As SSDs begin to enter data centers, it's time for a database that takes advantage of the new technology.

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Strata Gems: Kinect democratizes augmented reality

Tomorrow's reality will be prototyped on phones and gaming consoles

Developers can now hack up augmented reality solutions with commonplace gaming consoles, accelerating innovation in virtual extensions to our daily lives.

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Strata Gems: Manage clusters with Mesos

An important project to watch in 2011

As big data systems evolve rapidly, the Mesos project aims to solve architectural and management headaches. One to watch for 2011.

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Strata Gems: Use GPUs to speed up calculation

GPUs bring massively parallel computing into reach

The attributes that make GPUs optimized for graphics can also be used for general computing. Over the last 3 years, GPU computing has moved to the mainstream.

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Strata Gems: The emerging marketplace for social data

The integration of social data with CRM systems is driving growth

If you want to analyze social media data in significant volumes, it can be inconvenient and costly to aggregate it yourself. Providers like Gnip are growing a market in social data.

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Strata Gems: Let it snow

Simple crowdsourcing paints a Twitter map of UK snow

Snow in the UK is generally a source of delight. A simple idea to use Twitter as a way of gathering snow reports from around the country has proved remarkably popular.

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Strata Gems: Usahidi enables crowdsourced journalism and intelligence

Built for emergencies, now available as open source and as a web service

Built for emergencies, Usahidi's mapping and social media monitoring tools also have commercial applications. Though open source, the tools are also available as for-pay hosted services.

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Strata Gems: Make beautiful graphs of your Twitter network

Strata Gems: Make beautiful graphs of your Twitter network

Use Gephi and Python to find your personal communities

Using a bit of Python and the Gephi graph tool, exploring your own Twitter network is a great way to learn about analyzing networks: and the results definitely have a "wow" factor.

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