Weekly Round-Up: Programmers vs. Politicians, DNA Data Storage, Josh Sullivan, and Billionaire Visualization

Welcome back to the round-up, an overview of the most interesting data science, statistics, and analytics articles of the past week. This week, we have 4 fascinating articles ranging in topics from storing data on DNA to visualizing the Forbes 100. In this week's round-up:

  • Programmers vs. Politicians on Sharing Campaign-winning Code
  • Data Storage in DNA Becomes a Reality
  • Big Data Profile: Booz Allen Hamilton's Josh Sullivan
  • The Billionaire Index Gets a Responsive Redesign

Programmers vs. Politicians on Sharing Campaign-winning Code

This Verge article describes the different stances being taken between the Obama campaign and the team of engineers that created the technological infrastructure for it over whether the codebase for that infrastructure should be made public or remain private. Some of the things in that digital infrastructure include software that manages the campaign’s website, its donation collecting system, its email operation, and its mobile app.

Data Storage in DNA Becomes a Reality

This Discover article spotlights an announcement made this week that scientists were able to successfully convert 739 kilobytes of hard drive data into genetic code and then retrieve the content with 100 percent accuracy. The article also describes what the data consisted of, discusses the advantages of storing data on DNA, and outlines how the process has improved over time.

Big Data Profile: Booz Allen Hamilton's Josh Sullivan

Josh Sullivan, VP at Booz Allen Hamilton and organizer of Hadoop DC, was profiled in InformationWeek's Big Data Series this past week. In the article, Josh answers questions about hiring data scientists, managing a data science team, and the technical teams at BAH, in addition to answering some questions about himself and his career.

The Billionaire Index Gets a Responsive Redesign

This Wired article describes how the folks over at Forbes have gathered massive amounts of data about billionaires and how they've redesigned their Forbes 100 list into a very impressive set of visualizations. Words can't do the visualization justice, so you'll just have to head on over and check it out for yourself.

That's it for this week. Make sure to come back next week when we’ll have some more interesting articles! If there's something we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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