Transforming India into a Big Data Hub

first_imgBig Data is a goldmine of opportunity for every country but, it represents probably the biggest opportunity in the history of India.The answer lies in how the world views India as a brand. More often than not, the country is seen as an IT Services hub or is commonly referred as the back-office of the world.The IT/IT Enabled Services (ITES) industry in India has grown at a tremendous pace in recent years. However, new locations such as the Philippines and Mexico have emerged as strong competitors. In addition, the industry has been battling global recessionary headwinds and all of these factors signal a need for the Indian IT/ITES indutry to transform. Looking at the engineering talent pool, proven track-record and maturity of the country as an IT services hub, India has a clear advantage to emerge as the global analytics services hub.The global demand of Big Data analytics services is slated to become a billion dollar industry by 2015*, but, it is not as simple as it seems. The only way for Big Data analytics services to take off is to have people skilled in data science, which is a rare breed of professional today.India does have the necessary ingredients when it comes to talent. There is an abundance of mathematics and statistics talent and it is a well known fact that India has one of the largest pools of engineering talent in the world, producing over 550,000 engineering graduates every year.** However, this talent is still raw and not industry-ready.I am proud that EMC can play a significant role in honing this talent with our EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) program. The launch of the Data Science and Big Data analytics course in India is already a big hit! The excitement is palpable and we have received an overwhelming response from participating universities, colleges and students alike.Given the impact we have had in India with EAA (100,000 ISM trained and 30,000 Cloud Infrastructure Services trained students by 2013), I won’t be surprised to see this type of success replicated with the newly launched course.There is however even more to the Big Data opportunity for India.Let’s also not forget the domestic opportunity. One would say, it is nascent! Well, let me tell you that the Gen Y (Age 15-29) population alone in India is over 1/4th of the total population and exceeds the entire population of US.*** Now, that is really big!Gen Y in India is embracing mobile and internet technology like no other. They are increasingly expressing themselves, collaborating, consuming and communicating online. It is obvious that the traditional way of selling is not going to work with this crowd. Businesses need to understand this ever important segment better which presents another big opportunity for Big Data.And, that’s not all…India with its diverse demography represents a classic opportunity for Big Data when it comes to Governance.The AADHAR project, a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India is potentially the single largest human data repository in the world.‘Big Data can do magic’ would be an understatement when it comes to this project. It has the potential to transform citizen services completely. If analyzed, the data can provide accurate insights on nutrition levels, mortality rates, sex ratios and disease ailments across age, geography and gender among other things. Add the dimension of historical data and the Government could have strong insights that will aid in driving citizen services delivery and targeted programs for the underprivileged.The promise of Big Data should be seen as a revolution for a better future. To India, Big Data presents the biggest wave of opportunity ever and I hope that the country can rise up to the occasion and as they say, Carpe Diem!Source of data: *NASSCOM , **NASSCOM,  ***Indian Population Bureaulast_img read more

Big plans for swimming this year

first_imgTHE calendar year of 2017 has only just begun, but the plans for boosting swimming in Guyana are already set in motion.This year, Guyana will be hosting the Goodwill Swim Meet and a successful hosting of the meet is on the mind of Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) president Ivan Persaud.“This year is critical for us, we will be hosting the Goodwill Swim Meet and we are focusing on a successful hosting,” stated Persaud in an exclusive comment to Chronicle Sport.The Goodwill Swim Meet is a developmental activity for swimmers who are not eligible to participate in CARIFTA, CISC and the CCCAN swimming championships.According to Persaud, Guyana is the only country participating at the meet whose CARIFTA and Olympic swimmers will compete.“This is the last year for Guyana to have all our swimmers at Goodwill. In fact we are the only country where swimmers who swam in Olympics and higher level competitions could come back down to swim Goodwill, but we intend to change that,” said Persaud.He was also of the opinion that in order to win or perform well at the Goodwill meet, all the stops need to be pulled out in meets leading up to Goodwill.“Pulling out all the stops would help us pick the best team and prepare them properly, our goal is to not only to attend but to compete,” he added.In addition to focusing on the Goodwill Swim Meet, Persaud also spoke about plans to continue the education of swim coaches in the country. He also stated this year would see more swimmers being recipient of scholarships so they could pursue their studies as well as their swimming.“We need more of our swimmers receiving scholarships and this year we are definitely going to secure more scholarships for our swimmers. Our coaches will also benefit from education programmes to increase their knowledge,” said Persaud.He stated that more plans are in the pipeline but this year Guyana swimming will be piloted in the right direction with the bigger goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in mind.“We have to get it right this year and 2018 so that in 2020 we are not going on free tickets but on qualifying times from multiple Guyanese swimmers,” finished Persaud.With the first preliminary swim meet set tentatively for February, the eyes of the swimming fraternity will be on Persaud as he attempts to lead Guyana’a swimming into a much desired brighter future.last_img read more

Denver Nuggets Put Kenneth Faried On The Trading Market

Kenneth Faried, of the Denver Nuggets, holds the MVP trophy after the Rising Stars Challenge basketball game at NBA All-Star Weekend, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Denver Nuggets have put out targeted trade feelers on Kenneth Faried to gauge his value, according to multiple sources around the NBA.According to Grantland, the Nuggets have put Kenneth Faried on the trade market, gauging his value and demanding a very good return. Faried averaged 11 points, 9.2 rebounds and won the MVP award of the Rookie-Sophomore Game at All-Star Weekend last season. Faried is entering the third season of his four-year rookie deal, and given his per-game numbers, he figures to get paid on his next contract.Faried is a highly valued player, he has well-above average athleticism, and a motor that seemingly never stops.  There will definitely be offers, but the asking price would undoubtedly be extremely steep.Though the Nuggets organization denies putting Faried on the market, sources around the league say that the Nuggets are just trying to get a feel of what they can get for him.It’s highly unlikely that Faried will be traded, but it does make sense for Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw to see what he can get for his big man. read more

Three Year old left in vehicle dead carelessness

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – An investigation is launched into the suspect death of a 3 year old child in Nassau. Reports are that the child was left in a vehicle, at a daycare on Coleman Lane, off Jerome Avenue. The child was found around 2pm today, unresponsive and though the baby was found alive; the child died a short time later at hospital in Nassau. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Sperm whale clans found to change location in ways similar to humans

first_img Citation: Sperm whale clans found to change location in ways similar to humans (2016, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-sperm-whale-clans-ways-similar.html More information: Mauricio Cantor et al. Cultural turnover among Galápagos sperm whales, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160615AbstractWhile populations may wax and wane, it is rare for an entire population to be replaced by a completely different set of individuals. We document the large-scale relocation of cultural groups of sperm whale off the Galápagos Islands, in which two sympatric vocal clans were entirely replaced by two different ones. Between 1985 and 1999, whales from two clans (called Regular and Plus-One) defined by cultural dialects in coda vocalizations were repeatedly photo-identified off Galápagos. Their occurrence in the area declined through the 1990s; by 2000, none remained. We reassessed Galápagos sperm whales in 2013–2014, identifying 463 new females. However, re-sighting rates were low, with no matches with the Galápagos 1985–1999 population, suggesting an eastward shift to coastal areas. Their vocal repertoires matched those of two other clans (called Short and Four-Plus) found across the Pacific but previously rare or absent around Galápagos. The mechanisms behind this cultural turnover may include large-scale environmental regime shifts favouring clan-specific foraging strategies, and a response to heavy whaling in the region involving redistribution of surviving whales into high-quality habitats. The fall and rise of sperm whale cultures off Galápagos reflect the structuring of the Pacific population into large, enduring clans with dynamic ranges. Long-lasting clan membership illustrates how culture can be bound up in the structure and dynamics of animal populations and so how tracking cultural traits can reveal large-scale population shifts. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from Dalhousie University, Aarhus University and the University of St. Andrews, has found that sperm whale clans living off the coast of the Galápagos Islands were replaced by two others over the course of a decade. In their paper uploaded to the open access site Royal Society Open Science, the team describes their study of the whales, what they learned and why they believe the behavior they observed suggests the whale clans have a form of culture. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius. The calf has remoras attached to its body. Credit: Gabriel Barathieu/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0 Explore furthercenter_img The researchers began studying the whales back in 1985, taking pictures of them to assist in identifying and tracking individual members and using sonar microphones to record the sounds they made to communicate with one another. After analyzing the recordings, the researchers concluded that the whales living in the area were actually two groups, or clans—each communicating in their own dialect, which the team calls their coda. They named the clans based on the recordings—the Regular Clan (because of their regular spaced clicks) and the Plus-One Clan (because their clicks were longer). The researchers continued to monitor the whales even they declined and then vanished altogether by 1999. The whales had not died, the researchers note; they simply emigrated to another part of the ocean off the coast of Chile and the Gulf of California. The researchers then began working on other projects until they heard reports in 2013 that the whales had returned. This caused the team to return to the islands to renew their study of the whales. But the group found that the whales living there were not the same ones that had been there before. There were two clans, but neither were members of the prior clans they had studied; both communicated with different dialects. As before, they named the clans based on their codas: the Short clan and the Four-Plus clan.The researchers do not know why the first two clans emigrated, but suggest it might have something to do with human hunting practices or changes in the food supply due to El Niño events. They also suggest that having one clan replace another that moved out of an area is a behavior that has only ever been seen before in humans. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2016 Phys.org Study on Pacific sperm whales suggests culture isn’t just for humanslast_img read more

Study results suggest cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau

first_img More information: John M. McPartland et al. Cannabis in Asia: its center of origin and early cultivation, based on a synthesis of subfossil pollen and archaeobotanical studies, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s00334-019-00731-8 Switzerland mulls studies on legal sale of cannabis © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cannabis is likely one of the most well-known plants on Earth because it produces cannabinoids—chemicals that have a pronounced impact on the human brain. Prior studies have suggested the plant likely originated somewhere in central Asia approximately 28 million years ago—the point where it diverged from an ancestor, the common hop. In this new effort, the researchers sought to more precisely pin down the most likely place where the plant got its start.The approach used by the researchers was to pore through prior studies, whether archaeological or geological, looking for mention of the famed plant—most notations referenced pollen because it is the part of the plant that can survive the longest. The researchers point out that identifying cannabis pollen at dig sites was not a trivial task, because in most tests, it appears identical to hop pollen. To get around that problem, they took note of other types of pollen that were found with the cannabis candidates. If the other pollen came from woodland plants, the researchers assumed they were hops, whereas if they came from steppes, the pollen was assumed to be from a cannabis plant—modern cannabis plants prefer the type of climate found in steppes. When the researchers zeroed in on the studies that mentioned cannabis (found with other steppe pollen) the earliest, they found references to parts of southern Russia and northern China. Further analysis led them to believe that the most likely place of origin was the Tibetan Plateau, perhaps near Qinghai Lake, which, the trio notes, is approximately 3200 meters above sea level. Interestingly, the researchers also note that the site is also near the place where evidence of Denisovans has been found—along with cannabis pollen. A trio of researchers with the University of Vermont, Middlebury College and the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, has found evidence that suggests cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau. In their paper published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, John McPartland, William Hegman and Tengwen Long describe their analysis of prior studies of the plant and how they narrowed down the likely place where it first developed. Citation: Study results suggest cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-results-cannabis-tibetan-plateau.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more