Open data from StatsCan and Whitehall, Dell open sources its Hadoop tool, and what we can learn from old library records.
This week's data news includes open-data initiatives in the U.K. and Canada, the open sourcing of a Hadoop deployment tool by Dell, and a database reveals the circa-1900 reading habits of Muncie, Ind.
Facebook says we're closer than we thought, Gnip targets finance, and eBay grabs Hunch.
Facebook research questions the "six degrees of separation" rule, Gnip gets into the real-time financial data business, and eBay looks to put Hunch's recommendation engine to use.
Odiago hints at the future of Hadoop-based services, Hortonworks shows off its products, and big data comes to edu material.
Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.
IBM taps the cloud to make Hadoop easier, Factual cleans geo data, Google gets transparent with gov data requests.
IBM targets businesses with a cloud-based Hadoop product, Factual tackles incomplete geo records, and Google embraces transparency by publishing and explaining the data requests it gets from governments.
Singly believes your data tells your story, news orgs debate word clouds, and Mary Meeker looks at the latest Internet trends.
Data democratization takes a step forward with Singly 1.0, The New York Times and The Guardian debate the finer points of word clouds, and Mary Meeker presents her annual report on Internet trends.
MapReduce gets easier, a new search engine for data, and now you can monitor the universe's forces on your phone.
Cloudera's Crunch hopes to make MapReduce easier, Datafiniti launches a search engine for data, and the University of Oxford releases an Android app for monitoring CERN data.
Oracle unveils its big data appliance, the Hadoop community gauges contributions.
In this week's data news, Oracle unveils its big data strategy, and Cloudera looks at the contributions to the Hadoop core and community.