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News & Insights

News & Insights



The Taxman Crawleth

A recent article in the SF Chronicle gave a vivid, very visual, demonstration of the power access to “public” data can have in municipal policy debates. The story covered companies that match buyers and sellers of services often heavily taxed by municipalities: taxis and hotels. Specifically, it looked at their

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Time for Real-Time

We built Information Evolution to pursue the holy grail of database ownership: true real-time accuracy in a world where databases degrade at a rapid pace. A lofty goal, but today we do see cases where large-scale monitoring systems come within spitting distance of making this goal a reality. The methodology—harvesting-monitoring-updating—is

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The Crowded Call Center

It’s expensive to staff a call center with full-time, highly trained callers. There are also substantial upfront and ongoing costs for technology—routing, dialers, headsets, etc. When you add the fact that projects are often seasonal and need both lightning-fast execution and high-quality results, managing telephone-based projects can seem almost impossible.

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Buying Intention

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Tableau as a Publishing Platform

Most data publishers are familiar with Tableau‘s data visualization tool through Tableau Public. Few, however, realize that the software can be a robust platform for delivering their data to subscribers. Tableau-based information services are visually stunning and functionally robust. They act more like local applications than web-based services. A notable

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The Crowd Within

Crowdsourcing can be a difficult concept to understand. The rise of “private” crowds would seem to muddy the waters even further, but this emerging phenomenon is worth a closer look. Workers participating in labor marketplaces like the Amazon Mechanical Turk or eLance are members of “public” crowds that almost anyone

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Austin & Innovation

People often ask me about the Austin ‘recipe’ that has created such a remarkable environment for innovation here in Central Texas. The recent “Chasing Greatness” thought leadership speaker series held by Spredfast and Google last week offered some clues to this with their excellent panel of Austin innovators. Here are

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Crowdlearning Centers

Quality control is one of the biggest challenges facing data management firms, especially those that rely on crowdsourced resources for some or all of their production. In an effort improve worker skills and accuracy for crowdsourced projects, I conducted a study under Dr. Matt Lease at the University of Texas

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The Death of Print

It’s no surprise to anyone that print directories are being retired in the face of the seismic shift to electronic information services. I’m not one to wax nostalgic about this, especially since I’ve worked hard to bring about this shift! Since many of us are participating in this publishing industry

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Technology Spotlight: Springcreek Systems

IEI is pleased to announce its latest technology partnership with Austin-based data matching firm Springcreek Systems. Founded by two former Dell employees who noted the company’s struggle with matching issues, Springcreek offers an effective tool for matching and deduplicating data. With Springcreek’s matching system, IEI now offers quicker, more accurate

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