At the same time, tools for infectious disease diagnostics and surveillance are evolving rapidly, allowing for ever more accurate diagnosis in ever shorter time. The use of next generation sequencing combined with surveillance data, health registries and societal data from informal/non-traditional sources (e.g. social media) holds promise for improving individual and population health. Current advanced IT technologies offer the opportunity to integrate such big data sets and could enable the rapid and personalised treatment of infected patients, and bolster the detection, tracking and control of infectious disease outbreaks. It is expected that proposals develop: the technology to allow the pooling, access, analysis and sharing of relevant data, including next generation sequencing; the innovative bio-informatics and modelling methodologies that enable risk modelling and mapping; and the analytical tools for early warning, risk assessment and monitoring of (re-)emerging infectious … [Read more...] about Open Call SC1-BHC-13-2019: Mining Big Data for Early Detection of Infectious Disease Threats Driven by Climate Change and other Factors
Big data and social analytics
European populists are dominating much of the online political discussion around the upcoming European election thanks to frenetic posting by a small number of users and accounts, new research shows. Ahead of the European Parliament election in May, a tiny number of social media users sympathetic to parties including far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Spain's Vox accounted for a major chunk of total posts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and others, according to an analysis by Alto Analytics, a big data and artificial intelligence company. Their predominance helped to amplify anti-immigration and anti-establishment views and force them into mainstream debates. Less than 0.1 percent of users across Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland — many of them tied to far-right or fringe groups — generated around 10 percent of content related to politics and the European election on the platform over a one-month period ending on January 20. Many of these … [Read more...] about Europe’s populists are flooding social media, research shows
Instagramming pics of yourself partying hard in Cancun? Insurance companies tap troves of social media and other digital data to make coverage decisions on home, auto, life and health insuranceInsurers want to know about the media you consume, lawsuits you're involved in, credit record, education, employment and much more to help determine risks of underwriting policiesSome insurers have used data to assess how much they can raise premiums before you start shopping around -- a tactic called "price optimization"Global insurance company Gen Re found a new way to say, "Be my Valentine" last Feb. 14. Simply upload a selfie from your smartphone and the company could offer you a life insurance policy within minutes. "Facial analytics … brings a more human focus to the onboarding process," said the insurer in a promotional press release. Appealing, yes. But appalling to many consumer advocates and some state regulators, who question how much an insurer needs to know about you and when … [Read more...] about How “big data” gives insurers a giant edge over consumers
In an attempt to calm Yellow Vest protests and inform future policy, French President Macron launched a “Great National Debate”, a combination of in-person exchanges and online surveys. But what will happen to the mountain of data it has produced? It all started in mid-January, with a website and advice for anyone wanting to organize local sessions. Le "grand débat", the massive, nationwide debate launched by President Macron in the wake of the Yellow Vest protests, was supposed to touch on four main themes: ecological transition, the economy and public spending, democracy and citizenship, and public services. “It was a bet by the government that had no guarantee of succeeding. And it has. Over a million people have turned out or have written and participated directly in this debate,” said Guy Saez, political scientist and research director emeritus at the French National Center for Scientific Research, interviewed by FRANCE 24. But without any follow-up … [Read more...] about What will France do with ‘National Debate’ data?
She was the only woman out of 13 on Eir's business board before becoming the first woman managing director at CPM Ireland. And now she is overseeing another first. CPM Ireland is bringing data solutions in the form of predictive analytics to its client firms for the first time and has invested €1m a year over each of the past three years in the development of its data-science capabilities. "Technology is becoming more and more sophisticated and artificial intelligence [AI] is now being built into systems. "We are going to launch predictive analytics to the Irish market and we'll be the first to do it in our industry. "You have to have a differentiator. When a person is out in the field, presenting a brand and being the face of that brand they have to know what to do so predictive analytics helps them. "There's information available as to what worked for them and the customer and what might work better." She added that the system is based on big data where the company harnesses … [Read more...] about CPM chief looks to data-science future