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Discover the World’s Health Data

Peter Speyer is Director of Data Development at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is responsible for obtaining and managing the data that fuel IHME’s research in global and public health and establishes relationships with data providers and statistics offices in governments, international organizations, NGOs and other organizations around the world.

To make information about these data more widely available, Peter directed the development and implementation of the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME’s public catalog and repository of health-related data. Peter and his team also develop innovative data visualizations that facilitate and encourage the use of data for policy and decision making; interactive features make IHME’s comprehensive and detailed data readily accessible and useful for diverse audiences ranging from researchers and policy makers to public health professionals and the private sector.

The rise of human-computer cooperation

Brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.

Touchscreen interface for seamless data transfer between the real and virtual worlds

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word. Using this technology, information can be imported from a document as data, by selecting the necessary parts with your finger.

This technology measures the shape of real-world objects, and automatically adjusts the coordinate systems for the camera, projector, and real world. In this way, it can coordinate the display with touching, not only for flat surfaces like tables and paper, but also for the curved surfaces of objects such as books.

Visualizing the world’s Twitter data

Good morning, Twitter! Millions of tweets are sent everyday, and from these tweets, we can gather a lot of information about people’s lives: where they travel, when they wake up, and their opinions on pretty much everything. In this video, former New York Times data artist-in-residence Jer Thorp imagines what uses we can devise from this wealth of information.

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The Layer Information App

One of the fundamental challenges of a transformation program is to achieve a strategic business goal. The Layer Information App (LIA) is a Program Management tool that supports strategic business programs.

LIA aims at ensuring transparency by providing real-time information ease of data accessibility, and supporting transformation. With a view to achieving these objectives, LIA provides exhaustive information on Budget, Milestones, Planning and Issues and Risk, but also progress on overall program management.

LIA has the functionality of providing project updates by using memo videos that can be created using iPads. The memo video is automatically centrally uploaded, where everyone using LIA within the organization can see this video. This results in increasing transparency within your organization, engineering in flexibility, and fostering ease-of-communication amongst your employees. Importantly, it also means that you no longer need to read those cumbersome status reports.

EU’s strategy to tackle internet privacy risk

The European Union is in the process of re-drafting its pre-internet laws on data protection to take account of the explosion of personal data online and the risk of its misuse. The FT’s Josh de la Mare reports on the tensions between privacy campaigners and business over the draft rules.

Moo’s NFC business card: The last one you may ever need

Tired of carrying hundreds of business cards? What you only needed to carry one? That’s the idea behind this Moo card with embedded NFC tag inside it. You just tap it to a phone with NFC-capabilities and it share just about any information you want.