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Mining the Social Media Data Trove

Social scientists are beginning to explore how the massive amount of data collected by social media platforms can be utilized in their research, reports Nature. 

Elizaveta Sivak spent nearly a decade training as a sociologist. Then, in the middle of a research project, she realized that she needed to head back to school.

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Palantir Completes Fundraising

According to Tech Crunch, big data company Palantir has announced its completed $550 million dollars in funding.

Palantir, the sometimes controversial, but always secretive, big data and analytics provider that works with governments and other public and private organizations to power national security, health and a variety of other services, has reportedly been eyeing a public listing this autumn. 

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Arkansas University Receives Data Science Grant

According to the Sentinel Record, the Medical Sciences school at the University of Arkansas has received funds from the National Science Foundation to improve their data science department.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says it has received $1.9 million from the National Science Foundation to help the state establish a cyberinfrastructure platform that will improve on Arkansas' existing data science strengths and competitiveness.

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