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September 13, 2013

Colorado Towns Are Left Stranded in Deadly Floods

BOULDER, Colo. — Walls of water cascading down hillsides caused flash floods across Colorado on Thursday, killing at least three people. The flooding cut off major highways, isolated mountain towns and closed the main campus of the University of Colorado, the authorities said.

“This is not your ordinary disaster,” said Joe Pelle, the sheriff of Boulder County, where two of the deaths were reported, when he was asked about rescue efforts. “All the preparation in the world, all the want-to in the world, can’t put people up those canyons while debris and walls of water are coming down.”

As heavy rain continued falling late Thursday, homes, bridges and small dams built along the mountains that bisect the state collapsed, succumbing to rushing floodwaters and record levels of rainfall. Mudslides swept down hillsides left treeless by recent wildfires. Firefighters made dozens of rescues as cars were overtaken by rain-swollen creeks and roads suddenly gave way.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/us/colorado-towns-are-left-stranded-in-deadly-floods.html

Here’s a question: Why is data science such a big deal these days?

Big Data, obviously, but it’s not just that, contends veteran IT analyst Robin Bloor.

In a follow up to his rant about the term “data scientist,” Bloor actually promotes the importance of data science as a practice, if not the terminology.

- See more at: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/data-science-is-growing-but-why-now.html#sthash.mC3xovXP.dpuf

Here’s a question: Why is data science such a big deal these days?

Big Data, obviously, but it’s not just that, contends veteran IT analyst Robin Bloor.

In a follow up to his rant about the term “data scientist,” Bloor actually promotes the importance of data science as a practice, if not the terminology.

Bridging the Last Mile of Business Automation
 

He sees 10 reasons data science is gathering so much momentum. While all relate back to Big Data, it’s important to realize that Big Data didn’t just spring from the CIO’s head, fully clothed, like some sort of silicon Athena.

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Four Steps to a Big Data Strategy

No, there are significant technology trends that support the growth of Big Data, including:

- See more at: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/data-science-is-growing-but-why-now.html#sthash.mC3xovXP.dpuf