What do hurricanes, the Zika virus, and modern slavery have in common? Obviously, they’re serious global issues that cause human suffering, death, and destruction, but they’re also challenges the Strata community can seek to better understand in order to minimize their negative consequences—all with news-derived data. Niranjan Thomas explains how Dow Jones has joined forces with a diverse range of partners, including Google and a number of public health agencies, to solve these problems.
Often the missing ingredient in solving intelligent hypotheses, news-derived data and event detection can support and enhance some of the most sophisticated text mining or machine learning programs. Niranjan showcases examples of how news is helping to solve unusual problems and hopefully inspires you to take up the call and use news-derived data to make an impact.
Niranjan Thomas is general manager of platform and technology partnerships within Dow Jones’s professional information business, where he is responsible for the DNA data platform, including product strategy, go-to-market, customer solutions, and driving technology ecosystem partnerships. Niranjan has over 16 years of experience in technology leadership roles across software design and development, software project management, cybersecurity, and risk and business management. He has spent significant time delivering solutions for the manufacturing, consulting, technology, telecommunications, media, and financial services industries. Previously, he was head of technology at AMP, Australia’s leading specialist wealth management and life insurance company. Niranjan holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
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