“It is estimated that 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first three years of a child’s life. Children that are unprepared for kindergarten have a 10 percent chance of being able to read in the first grade. If you cannot read at grade level in the first grade, you have a 12 percent chance of reading at grade level in the fourth grade. And if you can’t read at grade level in the fourth grade, you have only a 2 percent chance of graduating from college.”
To put the percentages above into real numbers, only 16 of every 1,000 kids who are unprepared for kindergarten will graduate from college. Some states and districts, in an effort to prevent this from happening, are evaluating students prior to kindergarten so they know where students need to be supported in their academic and social development. Chicago Public Schools, for example, recently rolled out a kindergarten readiness assessment that was administered by students’ preschool teachers at the end of the school year.
“In a resolution adopted Tuesday, the European Parliament officially endorsed the development of the Internet of Things. This resolution frankly encourages the development of an Internet of Things in the European Union. It even calls on the European IoT Commission to “secure co-financing for the implementation of these technologies” and “continue funding pilot projects.””—Wireless Sensor Networks » Blog Archive » Parliament of Things
‘capture the rain’ skyscraper is a building whose roof and external shell, which consists systems of gutters, are aimed at capturing as much rainfall as possible to meet the daily needs of its inhabitants. average daily consumption of water per person is 150 liters, out of which 85 liters may be replaced by rain water. within the last thirty years water consumption has significantly increased.
Today’s university students are extremely concerned with issues of globalization and sustainability, but only four out of 10 believe their education has prepared them to address these issues, according to a new IBM study designed to gauge the attitudes and opinions of the next-generation global…
“IBM said on Tuesday it plans to expand its software and services business by acquiring Coremetrics, a privately-held web analytics software company that helps companies improve their marketing.”—IBM buys web analytics firm Coremetrics | Reuters
““It’s time for a roundup of the latest read/write devices that Internet of Things geeks are using to program our future. (((Oh boy.))) We’re doing this in part because today IBM announced the free open-sourced Mote Runner Software Developer Kit. This super-simple software runs sensor-communications devices like the Crossbow Iris. (((Better run some motes to iris your crossbow right away.))) “Arrayent, Arduino, Pachube, Logiboxx and Nabaztag are also examples of devices that do what Iris can do. From tracking objects, to objects communicating on our behalf, to objects that gather information about their surroundings for us, our awareness and activity-tracking technologies will soon create a Web with over a trillion nodes….””—Spime Watch: Internet of Things devices | Beyond The Beyond
In simplest terms, the phrase refers to the tools, processes and procedures allowing an organization to create, manipulate, and manage very large data sets and storage facilities. Does this mean terabytes, petabytes or even larger collections of data? The answer offered by these suppliers is “yes.” They would go on to say, “you need our product to manage and make best use of that mass of data.” Just thinking about the problems created by the maintenance of huge, dynamic sets of data gives me a headache.
Companies like AT&T, Visa, Bank of America, Ebay, Google, Amazon and more have massive databases they mine for competitive advantage. But lately, Big Data is finding its way to the smallest startups. The Web and cloud computing brings Big Data everywhere.
According to me:
Big data is the concept of managing large volumes of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. It means persisting data in such a way where you’re having to think outside of the box and not rely on the sure-fire means of the past (RDMS, Flatfile, XML, etc.).
From a usability stand-point big data must be reportable, searchable, and accessible to the relevant parties. It’s not meant to be archived off on tapes for “future needs”, but rather made available for machine learning opportunities, trending, and business intelligence.
While you may not have terabytes of data today, over time you will need to think about big data to properly address the needs of rigid data retention policies, increased customer growth, and historical data.