Big Data: Mayer-Schoenberger & Cukier

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Second only to rampant plagiarism, the use by students of Wikipedia as a source in student essays is viewed as “pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise”. The use of Wikipedia…

Japan Nuclear Crowd Map Unfolded

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Last Friday I posted about Southampton University’s  website mashing data on post-Fukushima contamination from the government, the independent Safecast network and, crucially, data collated from anyone by Pachube/Cosm/Xively. I had contacted Southampton about the problem before…

Hotspots of Hokkaido

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It is assumed that the value of crowdsensing rises as the number of data sources rises. However, the value of the aggregated data depends upon the accuracy of the data being aggregated. This is vividly demonstrated…

The Turn To Large Data in Operations Management Research

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As larger operational datasets become available, we are seeing a movement in operations management research away from the use of surveys and single organisation cases towards large scale cross-organisational analysis. This was driven home by a…

Negotiation Skills

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Last week a Masters student in Technology Management at Bath University was gaoled for a year following a misunderstanding with his professor. With a mark on his dissertation of 37%, but requiring a pass mark of…

Innovative Learning Week

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Next week is Innovative Learning week across the University: it is not a holiday, it is not even just a hiatus from lectures to allow students to catch up on coursework; it should be a chance…

Paradigm Shift

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Interesting article in today’s Observer by John Naughton on the  50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn’s ” The Structure of Scientific Revolutions . Kuhn’s book has been a very significant text in the history and sociology of science,…

2shared

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While googling around textbooks for next year I came across pdf versions of all my current textbooks on 2shared.com, a file-sharing site.  2shared seems to be a repository for enormous amounts of copyright materials, following on…