Can you use big data to measure music experience in a smart city? 

In this study, Dialogic investigated what data sources could be used to measure music experience in the municipality of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. We created a list of 50 data sources with potentially interesting data. Each data source was evaluated against 11 criteria for usefulness, such as complexity, accessibility, restrictions, security and availability. On the …

Geo-analysis + telecommunications

In April 2016, I gave a presentation at Eindhoven University of Technology on quantitative geographical analysis in the domain of telecommunications. Download slides: Quantitative geo-analysis in telecommunications

Warp: Convert and analyze large data sets at light speed

Warp allows you to convert and analyze large data sets and light speed. Warp is designed for Mac OS X and available from the Mac App Store. Product website: Warp.one Download: Warp on the Mac App Store Blog posts:  Warp: a query-by-example analysis tool for big data, Warp 2.0: Link big …

All schools, ranked

Allschoolsranked.com provides quantitative data on business school performance from multiple established business school rankings. Using this data, business schools can improve their strategic positioning in the competitive market for business education. Many different business school rankings exist. Although metrics and performance measurements should not be a goal per se, it is …

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) …

Rethink.swift – A Swift driver for RethinkDB

RethinkDB is the first open-source, scalable JSON database built from the ground up for the realtime web. Rethink.swift is a work-in-progress framework that allows interfacing with RethinkDB from the Swift programming language. Connecting and querying RethinkDB from Swift is straightforward and is frictionless because of all the syntactic sugar Swift provides …

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 …

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 …