4 Free DIY Twitter Visualisations: The Shahbag Protest

4 Free DIY Twitter Visualisations: The Shahbag Protest
Earlier this year a mass movement occurred in Bangladesh, which received little global news coverage. It was an immensely important event to Bangladeshi’s at home and abroad. This prompted me to try and illustrate the event with Twitter data myself, merely utilizing some free web services and a few hours time. Amazingly the results are ... read more →

Bangladesh Budgets 2004-2013: A Decade of Government Spending

Bangladesh Budgets 2004-2013: A Decade of Government Spending
Every Bangladeshi wants to know if her country is becoming wealthier, if her government spends within the country’s means, and if her money is spent wisely. The 2013 budget for Bangladesh has been released on Thursday and it holds some answers to these questions. However, the budget is part accounting and part politics, and is ... read more →

Big Data Transforms Online Education

Big Data Transforms Online Education
Online education’s recent success and scale creates unique big data. Together it changes online education and enables personalized, adaptive learning. This development challenges traditional education services. An educational paradigm shift The End of Higher Education as We Know It, explains how online education will transform higher education. The fact that (prestigious) universities scramble to be ... read more →

Hadoop cluster cost of Amazon EC2 vs EMR 10

Hadoop cluster cost of Amazon EC2 vs EMR
What is the price of a small Elastic MapReduce (EMR) vs an EC2 Hadoop cluster? This article explores the price tag of switching to a small, permanent EC2 Cloudera cluster from AWS EMR. Cloud computing with Hadoop – maybe using AWS EMR or EC2 –  makes experiments with temporary clusters and big data crunching easy and ... read more →

Hartals drain Bangladesh’s potential

Over the decades hartals have become commonplace in Bangladesh’s politics. There have been a variety of claims about the economic impact. However, data on hartals is scarce and the long-term impact of decades of hartals is hard to fathom. Moody’s recently warned that the current unrests pose continued economic risk. It too did not quantify ... read more →

Democratize Big Data With Hadoop and Hive

Democratize Big Data With Hadoop and Hive
You have started to process data with cloud computing platforms like Amazon Web Service (AWS)’s Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Now that you use it regularly, other stakeholders are getting curious. You increasingly find yourself firing up an EMR cluster to quickly answer a question or try something out. It may be time to change the way ... read more →

Get Started: Big Data Crunching in the Cloud

Get Started: Big Data Crunching in the Cloud
Even if your business case is constantly evolving, you will still want to leverage big data, but being tied to a single infrastructure will limit your capital and your options. Big data is not a starting point but a destination for many startups and teams. It becomes a conversation point as a result of the ... read more →

Shahbag Outcry 1

The news is fresh and details are only emerging about the murder of Ahmed Rajib Haider Shuvo, a blogger involved in the Shahbag protest. In today’s world we can view immediately online the outcry this provokes. Last week I wrote about the online echo on Twitter the Shahbag protest had. This time I am taking a ... read more →

Shahbag Online

The protest on the Shahbag square in Dhaka is a remarkable show of an independent, spontaneous, non-partisan movement erupting out of pain silently carried by the people of Bangladesh for decades. It is an admirable non-violent, tenacious, proud and confident protest in the real world. The protest has been partially organised online and echoes across ... read more →

Bangladesh Liberation War Interactive Timeline 3

I prepared an interactive timeline of the Bangladesh Liberation War for Bangladesh’s victory day. It encompasses documents, images, videos, and text about the events leading up to the war and the war itself. To fully enjoy the timeline the linked image below opens a new window or tab to utilise a full screen. You will ... read more →