One of the most significant challenges faced by individuals and organizations is how to discover and collaborate with data within and across their organizations, which often stays trapped in application and organizational silos. We believe that internal data marketplaces or data hubs will emerge as a solution to this problem of how data scientists and other professionals can work together to in a friction-free manner on data inside corporations and between corporations and unleash significant value for all.
This session will cover this concept in two dimensions.
Piyush from Microsoft will walk through the concept of internal data markets – an IT managed solution that allows organizations to efficiently and securely discover, publish and collaborate on data from various sub-groups within an organization, and from partners and vendors across the extended organization
Francis, from ScraperWiki, will talk through stories of both how people have already used data hubs, and stories which give signs of what is to come. For example – how Australian activists use collaborative web scraping to gather a national picture of planning applications, and how Nike are releasing open corporate data to create disruptive innovation. There’ll be a section where the audience can briefly tell how they use the Internet to collaborate on working with data, and ends with a challenge to use open data as a weapon.
Piyush Lumba runs product management for Azure Data Services, a set of higher level data services such as the Azure Marketplace aimed at helping customers connect with and contribute to the world’s data. Prior to this he ran product planning for SQL Azure and Azure AppFabric Services, core elements of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing offering. Piyush has been at Microsoft for eight years, and previously worked in business development, business management, product management and strategy roles for the Forefront security product line. Prior to Microsoft, Piyush worked in the Telecom/Data communications industry in systems architecture and software development roles across a range of companies including Lucent Technologies, AT&T Bell Laboratories and venture-backed startups. Piyush has a B.S. Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, an MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Francis Irving, CEO of ScraperWiki, is a computer programmer living in Liverpool, UK.
He was founding developer at mySociety, which over the last 8 years has made the world’s most innovative democracy websites. In 2004, TheyWorkForYou was the first website to scrape a Parliament and make a better interface for citizens, inspiring the Sunlight Foundation.
Other sites Francis helped make at mySociety include: FixMyStreet, the first national interface for reporting graffiti, potholes etc.; WhatDoTheyKnow, the first interface for making Freedom of Information requests in public.
In his earlier career, Francis founded developer tool TortoiseCVS, which with its successors is used by tens of millions of people. He has a first class degree in Maths from Oxford University.
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