Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
July 21, 2013 Vol. 14, No. 15

In this issue

1) What is digital data?
2) Recent DSS News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is digital data?

by Daniel Power

Blog posts, tweets and high definition movies are all digitized. We live in a digital universe of bits and bytes. Digital data is 0s and 1s, discrete, discontinuous numbers or binary digits, readable by computing machines. Digital data, you may recall, is encoded using the binary numbering system. An 8-bit string of binary digits like 0101 1010 is an example of digital data. The binary number 0101 1010 can have meaning. For example, it is also the 8-bit ASCII Character Code for the uppercase English letter Z. Also, it is equivalent to the Decimal value 90 and the Hexidecimal value 5A. Please paste 0101 1010 into the Google search engine and confirm the coding and conversion. Most of us can't do the coding or conversion quickly without computer assistance. It is easy to forget that computers process data differently than we humans do.

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2) Recent DSS News Headlines

07/18/2013 Tableau unveils cloud business intelligence product, Tableau Online. Check release.

07/17/2013 Revelytix and Teradata announce partnership for Loom Data Management software for Hadoop. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. Papers due August 29, 2013: Workshop "Reshaping Society through Analytics, Collaboration, and Decision Support" December 15, 2013 in Milan, Click here

2. DSI Annual meeting, Baltimore, MD Click here

3. INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology Oct. 5-6, 2013. Click here

4. ICIS December 15-18, 2013 Click here

5. Deadline December 15, 2013 Call for papers: DSS 2.0 Supporting decision making with new technologies, Paris, June 2-5, 2014 Click here


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