The Art and Science of Organizing Data | UMBC Industry News

Data is everywhere. And companies struggle with what to do with all that data. The Data Science Master’s program at UMBC prepares students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds for careers in data science. In this week’s Industry Roundup we take a peek into the world  of internet data and how it’s being organized and archived by a group of 200 enthusiastic archivists who want to help preserve and maintain more than four petabytes of information per year. We’ll also take a look at the emerging bubble in the space economy, staying mentally fit, and the perplexing question of how much we can trust Alexa.

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The Keepers of the Internet

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No doubt, there’s a boatload of information floating in the internet space. Where does it all go? How is it organized? There is a company with about 200 employees who spend their work day archiving all that information from books, to Wikipedia sites, to video game collections, to audio files and music. They archive four petabytes of information per year.

Is there a Bubble in the Space Economy?


There’s a lot of people who love rockets and a whole lot more who want to build them. But how many rockets do we need? How many can our economy sustain? Industry experts tend to agree that there is a bubble in the small-launch market and expect consolidation between larger companies in the coming years.

Staying Mentally Fit


Alzheimer’s patients could benefit from brain exercises that keep them mentally fit. Just as physical exercise can help maintain health, mental exercise can help the brain stay active. And, this is especially important for anyone who suffers from this debilitating disease.

Can Alexa be Trusted?

Alexa can be such a gem at times. She’s always there to take commands and provide smart technological moves and lots of information upon request. But, just like any computer, she has glitches from time-to-time. How much can those glitches affect you? That’s the million dollar question.

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