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Published on August 17th, 2012 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (8/17/2012)

Boundary, a San Francisco-based start-up, has developed software that maps and monitors the performance of cloud-based applications. (LINK)

Canada has lagged behind the OECD in productivity growth. Could Big Data be the solution? (LINK)

“If you had told me beforehand me what Dremel claims to do, I wouldn’t have believed you could build it,” says Armando Fox, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Both Wired and ITworld describe new data analysis tools, including Dremel, which allows software engineers to analyze multiple petabytes of data at “blazing-fast” speed. (LINK) (LINK)

Meanwhile, the development of these powerful Big Data tools is threatening the incumbent business-intelligence industry, according to Forbes. (LINK)

And, as Big Data’s growth continues, where are we going to store it all? (LINK)

For those of us confused by all this Big Data talk, Steve Lohr at The New York Times provides a primer. (LINK)

Finally, the Census Bureau has released a smartphone app that provides constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy. It’s Android-only for now; the Bureau plans to release an iOS version in the coming weeks. (LINK)

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About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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