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Last week IDG published their latest big data enterprise survey and predictions for 2014 finding that on average, enterprises will spend $8M on big data –related initiatives in 2014.

The study also found that 70% of enterprise organizations have either deployed or are planning to deploy big data-related projects and programs.  The study 2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data Research is summarized here.  The goal of the study includes gaining a better understanding of organizations’ big data initiatives, investments and strategies.

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Mapping 450 years of mankind’s curiosity about the living world and the relationships between organisms.

Since the dawn of recorded history, humanity has been turning to the visual realm as a sensemaking tool for the world and our place in it, mapping and visualizing everything from the body to the brain to the universe to information itself.

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Google earth has partnered with a research team at the University of Maryland in the realization of an interactive, digital map that highlights global deforestation.

The data used has been compiled from the results of a decade long analysis of 654,178 landsat images. each color indication on the interface corresponds to collected informational evidence: red — forest loss from 2000-2012; blue — forest gain from 2000-2012; magenta — both loss and gain; green — forest extent.

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Social media has become an essential part of our daily lives, but, with so many networks out there fighting for our attention which networks are we really using? Overall, 72% of adults over the age of 18 used a social network in 2012. Currently Facebook is still the most popular site with 62% of adult global Internet users actively logging in, with nearly half of these users active on Twitter too…

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Luminous Moon-Gate was designed in 2013 for the Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition. The objective was to design a public library and fine arts museum to distinguish itself as a city with arts and culture at its core. To achieve this, the design firm was tasked with creating accessible, attractive, and flexible space, and a rich social and recreational learning environment.

The Moon-Gate follows the philosophy that, with a commitment to improving society, architecture is inherently sustainable. High porosity between buildings allows wind to freely flow around the exteriors; low porosity materials facilitate better control over water and heat retention. Filtration systems throughout the interior and under-slab ventilation maintain steady temperatures. High-efficiency photovoltaic panels installed on top of the library and museum take advantage of the large surface area exposed to the sun, while energy-efficient lighting provides energy savings.

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