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Can the National Health System build on big data?

Big data is one of those terms that seems to be everywhere at the moment. Based on a technical definition from industry analyst firm Gartner, big data is an IT term that covers “high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimisation”.

New data is created every day through our interactions with applications, websites and online services. Big data also refers to how organisations can make use of this volume, variety and velocity of new information that is available.


Smart cities: are you willing to trade privacy for efficiency?

Privacy must play an instrumental role in any smart city strategy otherwise citizens might fear the introduction of other innovative technology, according to an executive at one of the world's largest infrastructure companies.

Wim Elfrink, executive vice president of industry solutions and chief globalisation officer of Cisco, heads up the company's smart cities team and warned that if cities did not give citizens the choice of whether or not to allow the government to use their data, they might opt-out of future initiatives.


Recruitment begins for teams to connect policy makers to the front line

Senior Whitehall policy makers are being recruited to participate in a unique programme bringing together civil servants and frontline delivery organizations

Connecting Policy with Practice, a joint project between the Institute for Government and the Big Lottery Fund aimed at providing insights into better policy making, is now entering its second year.


Massive citizen-powered climate simulation links winter floods to global warming

Britain’s warm, wet winter brought floods and misery to many living across southern England, with large parts of Somerset lying underwater for months. When in January rainfall was double the expected average over wide areas, many people made cautious links between such extreme weather and global climate change. There were nay-sayers at the time but it now seems that there is evidence for those links.


TweetCred rates the credibility of tweets

On April Fool's Day you can't believe anything you read on the Internet. And on the other 364 days of the year you still have to use reason and common sense to avoid falling for or even spreading online rumors. Misinformation can be particularly damaging during natural disasters or other social crises if it impedes or misleads emergency response. Journalists also have to be wary of retweeting or reposting unverified information. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way of gauging how credible a tweet may be?

TweetCred is a Chrome Extension that rates tweets on a credibility scale of one to seven.