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Big Data, Social Publishing and the Grey Lady

Big Data, Social Publishing and the Grey Lady

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Published by Woody Lewis
Newspapers continue to grapple with the new paradigm.
Newspapers continue to grapple with the new paradigm.

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Published by: Woody Lewis on Dec 20, 2011
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Big Data, Social Publishing and the Grey Lady
12/16/2011Today's big story, at least in Gotham, has to beJanet Robinson'ssurprise retirement announcement. The New York Times CEO spearheadedthe paper's digital strategy, guiding it through the Times Select offering to the current paywallframework that counts even my household as a customer, albeit
ipso facto,
given a hard copyweekend edition that is more artifact than edifice.Amy Chozick's piece tells us that the Grey Lady "has been particularly aggressive under Ms.Robinson?s leadership in creating new digital products and has recently built an onlinesubscription model that has performed much better than anticipated." Chozick, anewcomertothe Times encampment, broke the story onTwitteras well as "traditional" Web copy (i.e. -hours ahead of print). Perhaps they tapped her to write Robinson's professional obit preciselybecause of her newbie status...no emotional attachment, etc. What loyal staffer coulddescribe with a straight face Robinson's recent meeting with her boss, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.,who "raised the issue of installing a different type of leadership at the company,"Ouch.Then again, Chozick's earlier piece on another senior departureat the LA Timesset her upnicely as the designated chronicler of editorial
Who better to deliver the news than acheerful refugee from Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal?Just kidding.All this to set up the real story. Big Data is coming, and it's taking no prisoners. Last week, Isuccessfully completed the out-of-body experience known as theClouderaDeveloperTraining forApache Hadoop.Don't worry. Six weeks ago, it was Greek to me as well.As an open-source applications architect (you'll have to Google that one..:), I had keptHadoop on my radar as an eventual to-do item, a distributed computing technology developed

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