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Reunion Postponed

Following feedback we have decided to postpone the Super Mondays reunion until 2024. Quite simply the number of signups were low and the number of people unable to attend was high. We will find a more suitable date in the future. Apologies.

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The Super Mondays Reunion 2023

Join us for the SuperMondays Reunion on November 22, 2023, at the Waterstons office in Durham! The event begins at 6:00 PM, offering an excellent opportunity for attendees, both new and old, to gather and reconnect. And yes, we know it’s a Wednesday, but we promise it’s going to be the most exciting Wednesday you’ve had in a long time! Lightning talks are optional, so if you’d like to share your journey since the last SuperMondays event (or since 2014 for those who missed out), you can do so with a quick 5-minute presentation. It’s a chance to showcase your projects, experiences, and insights. Our main focus is on networking, learning, and fostering a sense of community and comradeship among diverse professionals. And, of course, we’ve got delicious pizzas to keep your energy up throughout the evening. Register now below to secure your spot for a night of inspiration and Wednesday fun – the SuperMondays way.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the SuperMondays family and celebrate the North East usergroup’s rich history. Whether you’re a SuperMondays regular or a first-time attendee, we can’t wait to see you there on this uniquely Super Wednesday, November 22nd!

Super Mondays – Digital Institute: Clouds, Sensors and Big Data

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This month we’ll focus on the work of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University. There will be 3 talks:

1. The TMS Platform for Analysing Streaming and Historic Twitter Data
Rebecca Simmonds, Newcastle University

Analysis of social media data has the potential to provide useful insights in a wide range of domains including social science, advertising and policing. Performing social media analysis in real-time on streaming data can give insights into events as they occur. Similarly, low latency querying of historic data is also valuable. However, the rate at which new data is generated makes it a real challenge to design a system that can achieve these two goals. This talk will describe and demonstrate such a system. It is cloud-based, and exploits both continuous query, and NoSQL database technology (Cassandra). Evaluation results are presented which show that the system can scale to process queries on data arriving at the rate of the full Twitter firehose.

2. The Urban Observatory
Phil James, Newcastle University

Understanding how the city works now is the first part of the challenge if we are to make it work better in the future. Cities are complex, with interactions happening across many scales and sectors. The Urban Observatory is collecting and managing data from across Newcastle, integrating sensor platforms with citizen based data collection, geospatial and satellite data. It includes a new framework for integrating data into workflows, models and other applications. The Urban Observatory provides a baseline for gaining a richer understanding of how the city operates, and in the process repurpose and reuse the data across many different disciplines and applications. It is a key part of the £50m investment by Newcastle University in Science Central.

3. Big Data Analytics in the Cloud with e-Science Central
Hugo Hiden and Mark Turner, Newcastle University

e-Science Central is an open-source, cloud platform for Data Analytics. It supports the storage, sharing and analysis of bid data. Analysis is through scalable workflows that can combine services written in a variety of languages including Java and R. e-Science Central is portable across internal clusters of servers, as well as a variety of Public Clouds, including Azure, Amazon and OpenShift. Developed over the past 6 years, it now supports £M projects in academia and industry. This Talk will describe its design, give examples of its use, and demo its capabilities.

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