"The Human Face of Big Data" offers a geek-out-worthy coffee-table book

The latest project from the "Day in the Life" author aims to make big data accessible

By , IDG News Service |  Software

-- The New York City Police Department's Domain Awareness System (DAS) allows officers to access and aggregate data from a broad range of sources: 3,000 surveillance cameras, license plate readers, radiation detectors, 911 calls, arrest records, crime reports and files of data on individuals' personal characteristics from tattoos to limps. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has called DAS "one-stop shopping" for investigators.

-- Another case of big data being used by law enforcement is ShotSpotter, which makes use of data gathered by acoustic sensors placed in neighborhoods with the aim of picking up, and locating, gunfire. More than 70 U.S. cities use the tool. ShotSpotter staff in Mountain View, California, monitor data for gunshots, and pass the location information to police who can be on the scene quickly.

-- Weather scientists have long been at the forefront of using all the computing power at their disposal, but now they are going mobile as well. Storm chasers arrive on the scene of a dangerous storm in a heavily armored 13 ton, million-dollar Doppler-on-Wheels truck, full of data-gathering equipment, tools for monitoring data in real-time and radar systems that create three-dimensional models of the storm being monitored.

-- Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) collects and shares among scientists terabytes of data that are gathered by sensor floats, underwater autonomous vehicles, scientific monitoring stations, remote satellite sensing and animal tags. "You don't win by locking up your data and storing it away," says IMOS program director Tim Moltmann. "You win by putting your data out there and collaborating with others." IMOS was started in 2007 and has resulted in about 1,000 studies published annually. A portal to the data is shared with the public on the Web.

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