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 …

RemindLED: an unforgetting device from Harry Potter

“A Remembrall is a tennis ball-sized glass ball that contains smoke that turns red when its owner has forgotten something. It turns clear once whatever was forgotten is remembered.” — Harry Potter Wikia Seems useful, right? Put one of those on the kitchen table, and you’ll never ever forget to put out …

Rewriting Excel for the era of big(ger) data

The spreadsheet may very well be the biggest innovation after the personal computer itself. Spreadsheets are used by professionals in virtually all sectors where information is processed, where they are entrusted with anything between shopping lists and billion-dollar, life-or-death decisions support systems. They are used for all sorts of tasks …

Big data: a quest for policy

This article explores the (potential) impact of big data on policy and policy research. Smart devices generate an ever-increasing volume, variety and velocity of data (so called big data). The expectation is that big data will play a significant role in policy-making processes and policy research. However, to capture the …

Measuring the information society using big data

How can we take advantage of big data (1) to improve the availability of currently existing global ICT statistics, amd (2) to improve the measurement of the information society? The opportunities for using big data in the context of ICT statistics production are in combining a big data source with a …