Edd Dumbill is a technologist, writer and programmer based in California. He is the program chair for the O'Reilly Strata and Open Source Convention Conferences.
He was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.
A veteran of open source, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.
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May 13 2013The big data world is a confusing place. We’re no longer in a market dominated mostly by relational databases, and the alternatives have multiplied in a baby boom of diversity. These child prodigies of the data scene show great promise … read more
March 27 2013Recent discoveries of security vulnerabilities in Rails and MongoDB led me to thinking about how people get to write software. In engineering, you don’t get to build a structure people can walk into without years of study. In software, we … read more
January 25 2013I sat last night at Aaron Swartz’s memorial in San Francisco, among the very people who built the Internet, the web, the culture of young entrepreneurialism and Web 2.0 startups. Among the pioneers of Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, open … read more
January 11 2013Programming is changing. The PC era is coming to an end, and software developers now work with an explosion of devices, job functions, and problems that need different approaches from the single machine era. In our age of exploding data, the ability to … read more
December 31 2012Traffic comes to online publishers in two ways: search, and social. Because of this, writing for the tweet is a new discipline every writer and editor must learn. You’re not ready to publish until you find the well crafted headline … read more
September 04 2012The web service IFTTT (If this, then that) accesses popular web applications via their APIs, and lets users create new actions based on changes. For instance, actions such as “upload photos to Flickr when I add them to my Dropbox … read more
August 29 2012Where does all the data in “big data” come from? And why isn’t big data just a concern for companies such as Facebook and Google? The answer is that the web companies are the forerunners. Driven by social, mobile, and … read more
August 24 2012I’ve chaired computer industry conferences for ten years now. First for IDEAlliance (XML Europe, XTech), and recently with O’Reilly Media (OSCON, Strata). Over the years I have tried to balance three factors as I select talks: proposal quality, important new … read more
March 14 2012"Planning for Big Data" is a new book that helps you understand what big data is, why it matters, and where to get started. read more
March 07 2012Strata chair Edd Dumbill provides an overview of the most mature data markets (Infochimps, Factual, Windows Azure Data Marketplace, DataMarket), and contrasts their different approaches and facilities. read more
February 22 2012Big data and cloud technology go hand-in-hand: but it's comparatively early days. Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill explains the cloud landscape and compares the offerings of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. read more
February 02 2012Apache Hadoop has been the driving force behind the growth of the big data industry. But what does it do, and why do you need all its strangely-named friends, such as Oozie, Zookeeper and Flume? read more
January 25 2012Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill takes a look at Microsoft's plans for big data. By embracing Hadoop, the company aims to keep Windows and Azure as a standards-friendly option for data developers. read more
January 19 2012In this survey, Edd Dumbill explores the Hadoop-based big data solutions available on the market, contrasts the approaches of EMC Greenplum, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and provides an overview of Hadoop distributions. read more
January 11 2012It's the hot trend in software right now, but what does big data mean, and how can you exploit it? Strata chair Edd Dumbill presents an introduction and orientation to the big data landscape. read more
October 03 2011Today, Oracle announced their Big Data Appliance. It couldn't be a plainer validation of what's important in big data right now, or where the battle for technology dominance lies. read more
July 19 2011Google+ is the rapidly growing seed of a web-wide social backbone, and the catalyst for the ultimate uniting of the social graph. read more
July 07 2011Reaching beyond mere adoption, these seven projects have had a profound effect on the Java world, software development in general, and even our daily lives. read more
July 07 2011This overview of JVM-based programming compares the relative strengths of the major languages. read more
July 07 2011Sixteen years on, this ain't your father's Java. Here's seven reasons why Java is worth your time. read more
June 14 2011The big data and semantic web worlds seem to be disjunct. Yet big data is poised to light the fire beneath the long-held dreams of the semantic web, and the semantic web will enable data scientists to describe, organize and reason about their results. read more
February 23 2011If I talk about data marketplaces, you probably think of large resellers like Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters. Or startups like InfoChimps. What you probably don't think of is that you yourself trade in data. read more
January 19 2011Strata's startup showcase is a great opportunity for data-oriented startups to get exposure, feedback and the chance to pitch on the main stage. But hurry because entries close this Friday (Jan. 21). read more
December 25 2010To conclude our Strata Gems series, we take a look at the important drivers for the data world in 2011: data markets, real-time data processing, and developers. read more
December 24 2010The JSCouch project is a partial implementation of CouchDB in the browser, letting you experience CouchDB's storage and MapReduce queries without installing any software. read more
December 22 2010The cloud makes clusters easy, but for rapid prototyping purposes, bringing up clusters still involves quite a bit of effort. The Whirr project makes cloud control simple. read more
December 21 2010Tomorrow's augmented reality is being built today on mobile devices. The Tasker app for Android puts the power of the phone's sensors and network into the hands of non-programmers. read more
December 20 2010The HandlerSocket plugin for MySQL bypasses the query parser to deliver excellent NoSQL performance, rivaling that of memcache. read more
December 19 2010One of the richest sources of data exhaust, email logs contain valuable information. When added to data from a traditional CRM, email analytics can provide a much fuller picture of your company's relationships and activity. read more
December 18 2010Small data matters as much as big, and none more than data about ourselves. Fitness and health tracking is going wireless and personal. read more
December 17 2010Built for expressiveness and concurrency, Clojure is a natural fit for data work. It boasts excellent API support and strong support for use in the cloud. read more
December 16 2010Today's databases are designed for the spinning platter of the hard disk. As SSDs begin to enter data centers, it's time for a database that takes advantage of the new technology. read more
December 15 2010Developers can now hack up augmented reality solutions with commonplace gaming consoles, accelerating innovation in virtual extensions to our daily lives. read more
December 14 2010As big data systems evolve rapidly, the Mesos project aims to solve architectural and management headaches. One to watch for 2011. read more
December 13 2010The attributes that make GPUs optimized for graphics can also be used for general computing. Over the last 3 years, GPU computing has moved to the mainstream. read more
December 12 2010If you want to analyze social media data in significant volumes, it can be inconvenient and costly to aggregate it yourself. Providers like Gnip are growing a market in social data. read more
December 11 2010Snow in the UK is generally a source of delight. A simple idea to use Twitter as a way of gathering snow reports from around the country has proved remarkably popular. read more
December 10 2010Built for emergencies, Usahidi's mapping and social media monitoring tools also have commercial applications. Though open source, the tools are also available as for-pay hosted services. read more
December 09 2010Using a bit of Python and the Gephi graph tool, exploring your own Twitter network is a great way to learn about analyzing networks: and the results definitely have a "wow" factor. read more
December 08 2010A Photoshop for data, Gephi is a powerful tool for exploring and presenting data as a graph. It's easy to get started with sample data sets, then import your own by generating files in a standard graph format. read more
December 07 2010From deep-diving startup founders to national newspapers, there's a rich vein of wisdom and information in blogs about data. Here's five to get your reading list started. read more
December 06 2010Though over 30 years old, the command line utilties sed and awk are still go-to tools for working with data. read more
December 05 2010With the growth of both the open data movement and data marketplaces, there's now a wealth of public data that you can use in your analyses and applications. read more
December 04 2010You know bar and pie charts can be ineffective, but where do you turn next? Here are some great starting points to make a start with more interesting and effective charts. read more
December 03 2010Visualization is a powerful way to turn data into a story. But if you're not a "graphics person", where do you start? read more
December 02 2010Wikipedia is an essential tool in the data scientist's armory. Today's Strata Gem shows how it can be used to help computers distinguish between different sense of common words. read more
December 01 2010Want to dip your toes into the world of NoSQL databases? In the first of our Strata Gems series, find out how explore MongoDB through your web browser. read more
November 11 2010This issue of Strata Week follows the path of data through cities, streets and border conflicts. We conclude our journey with a little brain work, as a programming challenge is announced to automatically identify topics and trends in Twitter and Facebook updates. read more
October 28 2010In this week's look at the world of data, learn how to build a money-making data startup, register for Strata 2011, and hear of new developments in the mining of offline social networks. read more
October 15 2010In this edition of Strata Week: the Army turns to big data to sniff out internal threats; CouchDB helps with collaborative video editing; Riak adds full-text searching; and a look at notable Hadoop World announcements. read more
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