Internet of Things data for policy: why variety is the real challenge

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of traditionally unconnected devices that are now equipped with connectivity in order to provide better or additional services. Typically these devices communicate over the internet, are uniquely identifiable, and interoperate with existing internet services. Smart cars, watches, thermostats and meters are examples …

Why you need T-shaped professionals to use big data for policy

Big data provides unprecedented opportunities throughout society, but in practice, embedding innovative big data sources and methods in a governmental context is not easy. In a masterclass organised by Dialogic on November 5, 2015 and designed specifically for managers and policy makers of governments and (semi-) public organizations, we explore the (potential) …

A week with the Apple Watch: the good, the bad, the ugly

Last week, it finally arrived: the almighty Apple Watch. In this post I’ve summarized my thoughts about it, as well as my view on the future of smart watches in general. But first, let’s talk about the shiny new gadget! The good The Watch is smaller than I expected from the pictures …

What is big data? The result of exponential growth

Storage, processing and transmission of information has become cheaper, faster and more compact, at an exponential speed. This makes big data relative: what is big today is only half as big in two years. (Source: Dialogic, 2014. The impact of ICT on the Dutch economy).  

Warp 2.0: Link big data sets by drawing arrows, and more

In the past two months I’ve been working hard on Warp 2.0. Warp is the swiss-army knife of big data, allowing you to handle big data sets with the same ease as a spreadsheet file. Warp enables this by providing an intuitive interface (‘query by example’) and by performing its data operations …

Automated analysis of entrepreneur questions

Each month the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) receives thousands of questions from (future) entrepreneurs on topics such as financing, innovation and internationalization. The Chamber of Commerce likes to meet the current information demand of entrepreneurs and therefore asked Dialogic to develop a methodology to analyze these questions automated. The data consists mainly of …

Parity: a numbers game

Parity is a numbers puzzle game. The goal is to get all tiles in the 3×3 board to the same number. Move the cursor to a neighbouring tile to increase it’s number by 1. Sounds easy, right? Get the game at the App Store: Parity Game Parity is a co-production of me and …

Warp: a query-by-example analysis tool for big data

The spreadsheet as we know it is in dire need of a big data-ready replacement. The spiritual successor of the spreadsheet needs to be a tool for analyzing big data that combines powerful features with a mental model as simple as the traditional spreadsheet. So what are the options? A …

The big-data successor of the spreadsheet

In my previous post, I argued that because spreadsheets do not scale to big data proportions, we need a new mode of computation that is as powerful but (more importantly) also just as accessible. So what could that successor of the spreadsheet look like? The question has kept me busy …

The creative industry and the future internet

Between 2012 – 2014, I participated in the SPECIFI project (as consultant at Dialogic). SPECIFI is an acronym for ‘Smart Platforms Enabling the Creative Industry for the Future Internet’, which is broadly speaking also the project’s goal. We develop software, hardware and services that allow the creative industry to explore new ways …