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Month: January 2011

Speaking at Strata Conference This Week

I’m very honored and excited to be included in the program for the O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara this week.  An entire conference focused on data mining and visualizations is ultra-intriguing to say the least.  I just read a blog post that puts the conference into proper perspective by stating “Big data is the new oil

So what am I going to be talking about at Strata?  My session – “Data as Art” – will shine light how digital artists are tapping into massive data repositories and realtime social media to portray information in unique, artistic ways.  Ways that should be considered fine art on the same level as Warhol or Picasso. 

This is a bit of a return to the subject matter I focused on while in graduate school from 2003 to 2005.  My thesis project – Luminance – was an art installation that explored human-computer interaction and live data visualization. 

What I’m Working On at NASA – Winter 2011 Edition

A few subtle changes since my last sharing of current work activities. 

NASA Web Service Office

Exciting news.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I was spending a lot of time trying to increase the number of people who were dedicating the majority of their time tackling NASA’s Web challenges.  Those efforts have manifested itself in the creation of a NASA Web Service Office.  And I’m happy to say that I’m filling one of the roles in that office.  We’re at a totally nascent stage, but I’ll share more on this soon. 

As this office sets out to assist NASA and all of its field centers with embracing the full power of the Web, I expect to incorporate many of the elements that I included in the Web strategy I proposed for Ames Research Center.

NASA Ames’ SharePoint instance

With the birth of the NASA Web Service Office, I’m spending less time on SharePoint.  But I am still pushing and advocating for SharePoint 2010 at NASA Ames.  The reality of the situation is that partnering with a couple of the other NASA field centers on an enterprise SharePoint 2010 instance may be the only way to make the economics of supporting SharePoint work.

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