The View From Here:

Visualizing a Controversy

For anyone interested in data visualization, there had to be some level of satisfaction in seeing the controversy sparked by a chart tweeted out by Bill Gates.  The chart, one of several in an infographic Gates included in a tweet was a fairly simple area chart, but the concept it was illustrating (or purporting to
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Hydrakos Consulting is Five Years Old

Hydrakos Consulting LLC is five years old this month. It has been an excellent, if very ephemeral, five years. This post is to commemorate the anniversary and so is a little more personal.  I set up Hydrakos Consulting as a vehicle for me to ease my way from the frenetically paced financial services technology world
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A Security Framework Deadline Passes with Little Notice

Another data disclosure fiasco is in the news now.  Data from fitness monitors is apparently giving away troop and base locations around the globe.  It is somewhat surprising given the frequency of disclosures like this that a fairly significant deadline concerning information security just passed by with hardly any notice.  The deadline was for any
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ARE DATA STANDARDS ABOUT TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY?

A while back I commented on the lessons the Financial Services industry data standardization process might offer to the Healthcare industry.  Since then I’ve become actively involved in another standardization effort, this time in K-12 education.  At the recent annual summit of the Ed-Fi Alliance, I was reminded again of the early days of expanding
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BIG DATA BASED METRICS ARE REPLACING TRADITIONAL MEASURES

The landscape for gathering information around public health and public opinion has seen some dramatic changes.  Some of them are obvious, that Twitter reflects in real time virtually any event that is happening, for example.  Some are less so because they involved an evolution from old to new.   An example of the latter can be
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