Digging into Human Rights Violations: Anaphora Resolution and Emergent Witnesses
This project will develop an automated reader for large text archives of human rights abuses that will reconstruct stories from fragments scattered across a collection, and an interface for navigating those stories. ..., this system will help researchers and courts reveal witnesses and patterns contained in their own collections. US Team's Project Website Canadian Team's Project Website
How many lifetimes?
A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data
This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy.
How many lifetimes? ...Because the resources in question were digital, the time of analysis and discovery was compressed into months, not decades...
Beware the Big Errors of ‘Big Data’, Nassim N. Taleb, Wired.com, 8 February, 2012 ...I am not saying here that there is no information in big data. There is plenty of information. The problem — the central issue — is that the needle comes in an increasingly larger haystack.
U.S. government: (4,835) Raw data sets, October 2012 (www.data.gov)
TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission released today its long-awaited report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government.” (PDF 40 pages) It offers a comprehensive roadmap for the use of Big Data by the Federal government and a set of policy recommendations and practical steps agencies can take to get started on Big Data initiatives.
...The ground-breaking McKinsey Global Institute’s big data report published in May 2011 estimated that “in the developed economies of Europe, government administrators could save more than €100 billion ($149 billion) in operational efficiency improvements alone by using big data, not including using big data to reduce fraud and errors and boost the collection of tax revenues...
European Commission - Public Sector Information - Raw Data for New Services and Products "The Commission also announces for 2013 a prototype of a pan-European Open Data portal, to make data from EU, national, regional and local administrations more easily available and re-usable".