This website uses dymaic web slicing on some pages that are updated on a daily (or sometimes an hourly) basis. A page contains a web slice if you see this icon in the toolbar. This feature was introduced with IE 8, which allows users to subscribe to content and receive notification of updates on the browser tool bar. This was implemented for the employment page in January, 2010 and the Article Alert service in March 2010. The video link is an introduction to the use of web slicing. Further details about web slicing and how it works can be found here.
RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. It has become the standard method to send news and information from websites directly to the user who wishes to keep up to date.
Extensive use is made of RSS feeds on this website. The most obvious is LT.info Bulletin, which you can subscribe to by clicking on the RSS symbol . Whenever I make a major addition or change to the site it will be announced on this feed. I sometimes also use it to notify subscribers of more general language testing news.
Many pages also contain information that is generated by RSS feeds, but filtered using software that selects content using keywords and strings, before aggregating the information on the page. Examples of this are the article aggregation, and article alert services, which scan journals for language testing content and updates this page whenever new articles are published. This makes keeping up to date extremely easy, especially in the latter case where it is combined with web slicing. Developing the filters for some pages has taken over a year, such as on the employment page. However, some 'rogue' jobs still get through, particularly from the fields of computing, health care, and engineering. I continually update the filters to reduce such instances, but cannot eradicate them completely.
If you would like to know more about how aggregation works, there is a useful Wikipedia entry that you can consult.
DigitalP: 16 Sep 14: Brighton Digital Festival
A report from the Brighton Digital Festival focuses on digital archaeologists, artists who make and interact with robots, and a composer who uses a lap top as a musical instrument
Apple toughens iCloud security 17 September, 2014 Apple has extended the use of two-step verification checks to iCloud back-ups, preventing the use of a tool to download iPhone and iPad back-ups.
IBM has announced that it will provide a cloud-based service based on its award winning Watson supercomputer solution.
Watson Analytics will, according to Big Blue, put advanced predictive business analytics within reach of anyone within a business regardless of its size, not only data scientists and analysts.
By simplifying its use and offering it as a freemium service, IBM hopes that it will make advanced and predictive analytics "easy to acquire and use" for a much bigger audience.
What that means is rather than having to learn arcane formulae and algorithms to get an answer, users will be able to ask questions as "natural" as "which deals are most likely to close?", making its usage as intuitive as Apple's Siri.
Big data for dummies
Users will need to load their data prior to the analysis. The first iteration of Watson Analytics is a cloud-based service designed to run on desktop PCs and on mobile devices later this year (the press release is ambiguous as to whether it will be browser based or an app).
"We have eliminated the barrier between the answers they seek, the analytics they want and the data in the form they need." Bob Picciano, SVP, Information and Analytics group at IBM said, before adding "The combination of Watson-fueled analytics to magnify human cognition, the vast potential of big data, and cloud-scale delivery to PCs, smart phones and other devices is transformational."
Big Blue has confirmed that it will be investing $1 billion (about £700 million, AU$1.1 billion) in Watson, which runs on IBM's Soft Layer cloud services.
Watson Analytics will be available as a beta over the next few weeks and as a freemium model in November.
What's driving big data and predictive analytics in 2014?
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