Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Two exciting new books on Big Data from O'Reilly

Two great new books to add to your iPad (other tablet computers are available). 

How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care In the early days of the 20th century, department store magnate John Wanamaker famously said, "I know that half of my advertising doesn't work. The problem is that I don't know which half." That remained basically true until Google transformed advertising with AdSense based on new uses of data and analysis. The same might be said about health care and it's poised to go through a similar transformation as new tools, techniques, and data sources come on line. Soon we'll make policy and resource decisions based on much better understanding of what leads to the best outcomes, and we'll make medical decisions based on a patient's specific biology. The result will be better health at less cost. This paper explores how data analysis will help us structure the business of health care more effectively around outcomes, and how it will transform the practice of medicine by personalizing for each specific patient.

 

Data Jujitsu: The Art of Turning Data into Product Learn how to use a problem's "weight" against itself to:
  • Break down seemingly complex data problems into simplified parts
  • Use alternative data analysis techniques to examine them
  • Use human input, such as Mechanical Turk, and design tricks that enlist the help of your users to take short cuts around tough problems
Learn more about the problems before starting on the solutions—and use the findings to solve them, or determine whether the problems are worth solving at all.

These two books are part of a series of free books on big data. I have downloaded quite a few of the books in this free series and I have added them to my reading list on my LinkedIn profile page.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A Guide to Data Warehousing and Big Data @ OpenWorld 2012

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There's so much to learn at Oracle OpenWorld - it provides more educational and networking opportunities than any other conference dedicated to Oracle business and technology users. To help everyone get the most from this year's event I have prepared a simple booklet in iBook and PDF formats which lists all the must-see data warehousing and big data sessions. It is divided into the following chapters:

  • Welcome to OpenWorld
  • A list of Must-See Sessions
  • Session Calendar
    • Data Warehousing
    • In-Database Analytics
    • Industry Data Models
    • Big Data
    • Details of the Big Data Hands-on Labs
    • Overview of the Exhibition Halls (DEMOgrounds)
  • List of Data Warehouse and Big Data product managers
  • Links to product web pages, blogs and other social media sites




IBook
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iBook version for iPad Users:  Our iBook for iPad users is now available for download by clicking here.
Please note that this iBook will only work with Apple's iPad and requires version 2.1.1 of the iBooks app. This can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, see herefor more information. There are two ways to get the iBook on to your Apple device:
  1. use iTunes to manually sync the book to iPad/iPhone/iPod - a description of how you to do this is available: here or
  2. Welcome to OpenWorld A list of Must-See Sessions Session Calendar Data Warehousing In-Database Analytics Industry Data Models Big Data Details of the Big Data Hands-on Labs Overview of the Exhibition Halls (DEMOgrounds) List of Data Warehouse and Big Data product managers Links to product web pages, blogs and other social media sitescopy the URL for the iBook into your browser on your Apple device and download the book directly into the iBook app.



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Adobe PDF
PDF  version for non-iPad users: For iPhone, iPod and other tablet users there is now a PDF version of the OOW iBook which is available for download by clicking here.
Please note that the interactive gallery on page 30 which provides an overview of the Hands-on Lab does not work in this format as it is an iBook-only feature. Other features such as links to videos and websites will work in the normal way.
Note for iPhone and iPod users - There are two ways to move the PDF file on to your device:
  1. use iTunes to manually sync the book - a description of how you to do this is available: here or
  2. copy the URL (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/69436560/OpenWorld/OpenWorld%202012.pdf) for the PDF into your browser on your device and download the file directly on to your device.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Data Warehousing and Big Data OOW session calendar

To help you get started on planning which sessions to attend I have created an online calendar which lists all the relevant Data Warehouse and Big Data presentations, hands-on labs and customer panels. Depending on your calendar software, you can:

  • Download a calendar file (.ics) and create a new local/offline calendar within your own calendar software.
  • Subscribe directly to the online Google calendar and refresh it on a regular basis to receive updates/changes to the schedules
  • View the Google calendar via the web interface

Once you have subscribed to, or added, this calendar to your local calendar application you can then synchronize the events with your smartphone, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc. All the times listed for each presentation have been entered in Pacific Time so you will need to enable time zone support on your specific device to see the events at the correct local Pacific Time when you arrive in San Francisco. At the moment the master calendar in iCal looks like this:

OOW Calendar for Data Warehousing and Big Data

 

1) If you are using Apple’s iCal 

If you want to create a stand-alone calendar that is not linked to the master calendar there is an option to download the associated .ics file for this calendar using the web-based calendar view, see here: webcal://dl.dropbox.com/u/69436560/OpenWorld/Calendar/OpenWorld.ics. The .ics file can be manually added to Apple iCal by using this link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/69436560/OpenWorld/Calendar/OpenWorld.ics. Obviously, changes made to the master calendar will not be pushed through to the stand-alone/disconnected calendar.


2) If you are using Google Calendar

a) If you are already using Google calendar then our OOW 2012 calendar can be added as a new calendar by downloading our OpenWorld.ics file, see here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/69436560/OpenWorld/Calendar/OpenWorld.ics. You can import the events in this calendar file into an existing calendar or create a new calendar such as “OpenWorld 2012” and then import the events. Using this approach you can add other OOW events to your calendar, update events and even delete events as required.

b) Adding a shared calendar: you can add a new shared calendar to the "Other Calendars" panel: Use the following URL in the “Add by URL” dialogue: webcal://www.google.com/calendar/ical/1uhm7ababshf21hulcr4p3r5jc%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics. The new “OpenWorld” shared calendar will appear in your list of “Other Calendars”. It is not possible to update any of the events if use this method. 

c) Using the web calendar interface: If you want to view the list of available sessions using your web browser then use the following public calendar address to: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=1uhm7ababshf21hulcr4p3r5jc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles. It is not possible to update any of the events using this interface.


3) If you are using Mozilla Sunbird/Lightning

Lightning is a Thunderbird plug-in version of Sunbird. Both these products can be downloaded from the Mozilla home page. Before you add the DW OpenWorld 2012 calendar first set the correct time zone in the application (for Sunbird useTools->OptionsTimeZone, for Lightning use Preferences->Lightning->Time zone) then restart the application to update this setting.

Adding a stand-alone/disconnected calendar: If you want to create a stand-alone calendar that is not linked to the master calendar there is an option to download the associated .ics file for this calendar using the web-based calendar view, see here: webcal://dl.dropbox.com/u/69436560/OpenWorld/Calendar/OpenWorld.ics. The .ics file can be manually added to Lightning/Sunbird. Obviously, changes made to the master calendar will not be pushed through to the stand-alone/disconnected calendar


Subscribing to the OOW Calendar: To subscribe to the DW OpenWorld calendar use the following steps:

This will create a linked calendar and any changes or updates made to the master calendar will be shown when/if you reload the remote calendar.

Hope this proves useful. If you have any questions then let me know (keith.laker@oracle.com)