Tag Archive | Cloud Computing

Big Data in Law: Cloud Challenge, Analytics Opportunity

by Dave Einstein, NetApp, Forbes.com, October 31, 2012

The legal profession may have begun on Mount Sinai, where Moses delivered The Ten Commandments. But today, it’s heading into the cloud, where the privacy and security of big data are dramatically changing the legal landscape—especially internationally.

For full text of the article, please visit Big Data in Law: Cloud Challenge, Analytics Opportunity – Forbes.


Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

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The Information Revolution by Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School, January 20, 2012

… In a new Shorenstein Center discussion paper titled “Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect,” [Viveck] Kundra[, who served as Chief Information Officer for the Obama Administration (2008-11),] makes four specific recommendations to ensure our society continues to build on and benefit from the power of open data and the so-called “network effect” …

  • Citizens and NGOs must demand open data in order to fight government corruption, improve accountability and government services.
  • Governments must enact legislation to change the default setting of government to be open, transparent and participatory.
  • The press must harness the power of the network effect through strategic partnerships and crowdsourcing to cut costs and provide better insights.
  • Venture capitalists should invest in startups focused on building companies based on public sector data

For the full text of this article and a link to Kundra’s paper, visit Harvard Kennedy School – The Information Revolution.

Critical Role of Cloud Computing and Geospatial Technology for Transparency and Accountability

by Adena Schutzberg, All Points Blog, Directions Magazine, Quote of the Week – 10/18/11

“New technologies—specifically cloud computing and geospatial mapping—play a critical role in delivering transparency and accountability.” – Chairman Earl E. Devaney of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board writing in an article (part of series) on lessons learned as chair. He was quoted in a press release on October 17, 2011.

via Quote of the Week – 10/18/11 – All Points Blog.

The full text of Devaney’s column can be found at

House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing

Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 09/21/2011 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges


  • Mr. Michael Capellas, Chairman and CEO, Virtual Computing Environment Company
  • Dr. Dan Reed, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr. Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration

via Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing | Committee on Science – U.S. House of Representatives.

Practical guidelines for open data licensing have been published in the United Kingdom

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing along the following link:

by Katleen Janssen, EPSI Platform, 27 May 2011

Naomi Korn and Charles Oppenheim have prepared a Practical Guide for Licensing Open Data, targeting organisations that want to use open data and want to understand under which terms they can use data licensed by third parties. The Guide relies on work done by the Strategic Content Alliance and JISC projects related to digital content, including Web2Rights. The Guide provides short information on some of the most important legal domains that need to be taken into account when licensing open data (intellectual property rights, contract law, data protection, freedom of information, and breach of confidence). It explains the commonly known open licence models…

For full text of the article, click Licensing Open Data: A Practical Guide at EPSI Platform.

The Carbon Project Awarded U.S. Patent for P2P Geosocial Data Sharing

BURLINGTON, MA, April 14, 2011 – The Carbon Project today announced the award of a United States patent for the technology behind its next-generation Geosocial Networking® infrastructures. … The patent claims encompass The Carbon Project’s methods for searching, obtaining and distributing geospatial information directly between applications in P2P networks, including addresses, coordinates, street maps, satellite images, geospatial features, geographically referenced notes and digital media such as photographs. The technology can support a wide variety of new applications and services in areas such as local advertising, Geosocial Networking®, emergency response, geospatial intelligence and others on fixed and mobile peer devices.

For full text of the article, visit the GIS Cafe via The Carbon Project Awarded U.S. Patent for P2P Geosocial Data Sharing.

Federal CIO Releases Paper Detailing Government’s #Cloud Computing Strategy

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by Vivek Kundra, CIO, Federal CIO, February 8, 2011

The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy marks a milestone in the Administration’s 25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management. The strategy is designed to help the government deliver value to the public by increasing the operational efficiency of Federal IT dollars, and responding faster to taxpayer needs. The strategy outlines how the Federal government can accelerate the safe, secure adoption of cloud computing, and provides agencies with a framework for migrating to the cloud. It also examines how agencies can address challenges related to the adoption of cloud computing, such as privacy, procurement, standards, and governance

via Cloudbook Profile: Vivek Kundra – Federal CIO Council.

NIST Issues Guidance on Cloud Computing Privacy and Security Requirements for Federal Agencies


NIST Issues Guidance on Cloud Computing Privacy and Security Requirements for Federal Agencies

Posted on February 17, 2011 by HL Chronicle of Data Protection, Joel Buckman, an associate in Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice group located in the Washington, D.C office, assisted in the preparation of this entry.

Recent guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) encourages federal agencies to take advantage of cloud computing. It also provides draft security and privacy guidelines for federal agencies to follow when engaging cloud providers. The draft guidelines serve as roadmaps for how to negotiate meaningful privacy and data security protections from cloud providers. Though prepared for federal agencies, the draft guidelines could prove influential to the private sector as an increasing number of private businesses use cloud services. NIST has requested comments on the drafts by no later than February 28, 2011. …

For full text of the article, visit NIST Issues Guidance on Cloud Computing Privacy and Security Requirements for Federal Agencies : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.

Earth Science Information Partners Winter Conference Next Week

The Earth Science Information Partners is having conference is from January 4 – 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.

ESIP is: “a diverse network of scientists, data stewards and technology developers that:

  • Improves access to Earth science data and information.
  • Connects public, academic and private providers to each other and users of Earth science data and information.
  • Promotes consensus-based solutions and best practices affecting the Earth science data and information community
  • Provides a neutral forum for Earth science data experts to collaborate, learn and solve communitywide problems affecting access, dissemination and use of Earth science data and information.”

Find the Conference Description and Agenda from the ESIP webpage.

Topics include Data Preservation and Stewardship, Semantic Web, Data Search, Interoperability, Program Evaluation, Climate Change Education, Climate and Energy Policy and User Requirements, Cloud Computing, Air Quality, and more.

How does the cloud enable advanced analysis against massive volumes of data?


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Big Data: Advancing the Art of Analytics

Source: Federal News Radio, October 20th, 2010 at 11 AM

The application of knowledge discovery within the cloud is immensely powerful, but not inbuilt. We are collectively moving past the question of “what is cloud computing“, and swiftly moving towards “how does the cloud enable advanced analysis against massive volumes of data?” With industry and government leveraging multiple clouds, how do we successfully share and search large collections of data across systems, departments, and geographies? Organizations will continue to discuss and better understand the analytic power and economies of cloud computing, in the sense of data storage, sharing, and management; but we are quickly discovering that creating knowledge from data is more than just a discussion of technology. It’s a discussion of what can be accomplished when massive data and cloud computing efficiencies combine to make advanced analysis and innovation possible.

For link to podcast, click here.


Moderator: Chris Kelly – Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

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