Happy Friday! Here is this week's highlights of data stories on the web!
- InformationWeek's "7 Deadly Sins Of Big Data Users" covers 7 categorizes of the common mistakes organizations make as they attempt to dive into the world of data. The list comes from Josh Williams, president and chief science officer of Kontagent. Particularly worth note:
6. Pride: Decision-Driven Data Making. Rather than running tests and using data to confirm or deny assumptions, this Deadly Sin is where you dig through data to confirm your preconceived notions. "We see this happen a lot throughout organizations, both at the executive level and within teams," Williams said. "People try to confirm what they believe; they dig through data to find it." But the best data-driven cultures have mantras like: "Data wins arguments," he said. Let the data speak the truth.
- If you've been waiting for the ultimate infographic that visualizes just how much data is created every minute, this infographic on Domo's blog is for you.
- The Information Security Forum released a report, "Data Analytics for Information Security" [report behind paywall for non-members], the potential for massive amounts of data to help us detect and reduce cybersecurity risks. As Computer Weekly reports, "...the importance of big data analytics has never been greater, with data volumes growing at around 2.5 million terabytes a day."
- On The Information Daily (formerly eGov Monitor), Vicky Sargent muses on the complexities of public data initiatives, focusing on the UK. Despite the lack of immediate returns on investment in public data release, Vicky notes:
The open data agenda has raised awareness of the value of data and other information assets in making good decisions. Maps, visualisations and other tools built using the data ‘because it is there’, have created wider awareness of new technologies that make data easier to manipulate, present, share and communicate.
Interactive, web-based tools are starting to put data into the hands of ordinary managers and decision-makers. Where they once needed to wait for data from an analyst or GIS specialist managers are increasingly able to access and interrogate datasets on demand through shared online tools.